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Numeracy and Mathematics Skills Professional Learning resource

Last updated:
8 April 2016

What is this?

This professional learning resource is designed to support improvement by highlighting eight key skills required to support and extend knowledge and understanding in numeracy and mathematics.

These skills cover:

  • interpreting questions;
  • selecting and communicating processes and solutions;
  • justifying the choice of strategy used;
  • linking mathematical concepts;
  • using mathematical vocabulary and notation;
  • mental agility;
  • algebraic reasoning;
  • determining the reasonableness of a solution

For each of the eight identified skills, this resource gives the following:

  • A reason why the development of each skill is important;
  • Examples of experiences and outcomes related to identified skills;
  • A key strategy for staff to use in developing the skill;
  • Sample questions to illustrate how the skill can be developed in practice.

Who is this for?

​This document is designed to support all staff in planning for progression of learners’ numeracy skills. Practitioners should ensure that these skills are applied across a range of contexts.


PDF file: SSLN Numeracy and Mathematics Skills (1.9 MB)


Numeracy; Learning and assessment