Our Numbers Count teacher has shared her expertise with colleagues and had a positive effect on a large number of children across the school, well beyond those in the intervention.

Julia Hawkins, Head Teacher, Queen’s Crescent School, Wiltshire

Numbers Count transforms mathematics for the lowest achieving learners AND raises standards for all the learners in your school.

Numbers Count is an intensive intervention for learners in Years 1 to 8 who have the greatest difficulties with mathematics. It is delivered by a specially trained teacher who also supports other staff in school.

Numbers Count

  • provides targeted use of the Pupil Premium
  • supports the new National Curriculum for Mathematics
  • raises mathematical attainment for the lowest achievers
  • creates an ‘in-house specialist’ mathematics teacher who helps to raise standards for all learners
  • provides detailed evidence of progress and impact

Two programmes are available to schools

Numbers Count – for learners in Years 1 to 3

Numbers Count 2 – for learners in Years 4 to 9

How Does it Work?

A specially trained Numbers Count teacher gives learners at least three 30-minutes lessons a week for a term, individually or in twos or threes. After a detailed diagnostic assessment, the teacher plans a tailored programme for each child. Rigorous, active lessons focus on number and calculation, helping learners to develop skills and attitudes that will ensure good progress in class lessons. The teacher liaises with parents and shares their specialist knowledge with colleagues informally and through structured CPD, raising standards for all learners.

A Numbers Count teacher-in-training can begin to teach learners after the first two training days.

Read more about how a Numbers Count lesson works

Watch the video below to learn more…

Over 55,000 pupils in Years 1 to 11 have been supported by Numbers Count in 2,500 schools.

  • They made an average Number Age gain of 17.5 months in only 4 months – over 4 times the expected progress.
  • 96% of them showed more confidence and interest in learning mathematics in class after Numbers Count.

74% of pupils went on to achieve national expectations at the end of Key Stages 1 and 2, despite not being originally predicted to do so.

Numbers Count works very well for secondary pupils as well as primary pupils – download a research study here

Training and Professional Development

  • 7 days of local training by an accredited ECC Trainer over 2 terms
  • Mathematical subject and pedagogical knowledge
  • Supporting parents and colleagues across the school
  • 2 school visits by the Trainer
  • ECC accreditation for teacher and school
  • Ongoing CPD and school visits every year
  • Resources and support
  • Detailed handbook guidance
  • Online guidance and downloadable resources
  • Access to the ECC data system, providing detailed analyses of impact and learners’ progress – see sample reports here.
  • Phone and e-mail support from ECC and the Trainer


Each local provider determines their own charges to schools depending on local circumstances, the charge for 2023/24 for a new Numbers Count teacher will be in the region of £2,200.

Local providers

Schools can access Numbers Count from local ECC providers. Find your local provider here.

How can schools prepare for and manage Numbers Count

Where programmes such as Every Child Counts and Numbers Count were used effectively, pupils overcame their misconceptions and the school used information about its pupils’ misconceptions to adapt teaching for subsequent cohorts.

Mathematics Made to Measure, Ofsted 2012