This section of our site contains the resources to support Numeracy.
A copy of Literacy and Numeracy for Learning and Life;The National Strategy to Improve Literacy and Numeracy among Children and Young People 2011-2020 is available to download here.
Numeracy is not limited to the ability to use numbers, to add, subtract, multiply and divide. Numeracy encompasses the ability to use mathematical understanding and skills to solve problems and meet the demands of day-to-day living in complex social settings. To have this ability, a young person needs to be able to think and communicate quantitatively, to make sense of data, to have a spatial awareness, to understand patterns and sequences, and to recognise situations where mathematical reasoning can be applied to solve problems.
The definition of Numeracy are found on page 8 of the Strategy. The two video clips below, which are shown at the Leadership Seminars, may help facilitate discussion on what it means to be both literate and numerate and the implications of this for teaching and learning in our schools.
Literacy for the 21st Century
What it means to be numerate