Last Updated: Monday, February 08, 2021

Clackmannanshire Numeracy and Mathematics Progression Framework

What is this?

​The framework is a resource that has been produced to support practitioners in developing their understanding of progression within the experiences and outcomes. It is extensively based on proven approaches and strategies defined within Maths Recovery and is closely linked to the National Numeracy and Mathematics Progression Framework. It identifies within each organiser the key knowledge, skills and understanding that learners should know before moving on to the next stage of learning and has been aligned to the recently published Numeracy Benchmarks .

Who is this for?

​This Framework has been created to support all practitioners working within broad general education.

How to use this exemplar to improve practice?

This exemplar may provide schools and local authorities with a planning tool to break down the experiences and outcomes of Numeracy and Mathematics. It will also support the development a progression framework in other local authorities.

After reading the exemplar, discussion using the improvement questions may help schools to reflect on their current approaches to learning and teaching in Numeracy and Mathematics.

Improvement questions

  • How do your approaches to raising attainment improving outcomes for all children and young people?
  • How is your focus on numeracy supporting the raising of attainment across the curriculum?
  • How well do you use assessment evidence used to inform teacher judgements?


PDF file: Evidence Progression Pathways - Numeracy and mathematics - Early to Second Level (347 KB)

PDF file: Evidence Progression Pathways - Numeracy and mathematics - Second to Third Level (304 KB)

PDF file: Clackmannanshire Phase 1 Numerals (119 KB)

​Explore this resource

The framework from early to third level is split into phases and is designed to support practitioners in profiling individual learners’ numerical knowledge. Each phase is hyperlinked to additional materials which offer clear guidance on:

  • teaching approaches and pedagogies that nurture understanding
  • resources, including online websites to support learning and teaching in the classroom
  • recognising common misconceptions about number.

By using this framework and introducing it into classrooms across the authority we aim to ensure that there is consistency in approaches to numeracy and mathematics.

What was done?

The progression framework was developed by the Attainment Challenge Numeracy Hub Leader, in consultation with practitioners. This framework was tested out in the system to ensure it meet the standards of the benchmarks and was fit for purpose. The framework, after feedback from practitioners was also streamlined into a user friendly model with 8 phases giving a clearer progression within each level. Each section was hyperlinked to a supporting document outlining;

  • effective pedagogy
  • activities to develop number knowledge
  • considerations for learning and teaching at this phase
  • key learning statements
  • advice on where to find online activities


The framework was set up to provide practitioners with a planning tool to break down the experiences and outcomes of Numeracy and Mathematics. It also allows practitioners to plan learning and teaching to meet the standards of the benchmarks.

What was the impact?

Early indications suggest that:

  • through the use of the framework and the associated support materials, practitioners have an increased understanding of how learners’ make sense of number and how they can support and challenge this.
  • practitioners are beginning to embed a range of learning and teaching approaches to develop children’s numeracy and mathematics knowledge, skills and understanding
  • practitioners are using the framework to plan for quality learning and teaching which meets the needs of all learners
  • transition information at key stages is robust.