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Numeracy and mathematics

The numeracy and mathematics curriculum area includes the study of number, money and measure; shape, position and movement; and information handling.

Skills in numeracy and mathematics are crucial in our everyday life. It equips us with the skills we need to interpret and analyse information, simplify and solve problems, assess risk and make informed decisions.

Practical support and resources

National Numeracy and Mathematics Hub: a virtual learning environment for all practitioners, providing an innovative approach to career-long professional learning across all sectors. (Requires a Glow log-in.)

SSLN Professional Learning Resource - Numeracy: ​this resource provides guidance and advice to help inform learning and teaching practice in line with the main objectives of the Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy (SSLN). It includes information on children's and young people's strengths and areas for improvement, specifically within measurement, fractions, decimal fractions and percentages (including ratio and proportion, and ideas of chance and uncertainty). 

SSLN Professional learning resource - Time: This resource aims to share children and young people’s performance in ‘Time’ in relation to the findings of SSLN. This, and the following two resources, have been designed to support improvement by promoting professional reflection, dialogue and debate about numeracy.

SSLN - Numeracy - Number and number processes: This resource aims to share children’s and young people’s performance in ‘Number and number processes’.

SSLN - Numeracy - Estimating and rounding: ​This resource aims to share children’s and young people’s performance in ‘Estimating and rounding’.

Higher order thinking skills in maths: This resource illustrates practical activities to improve learning and teaching skills. It will support improvement by utilising higher order thinking skills by tackling the following key areas: problem solving:  seeking and identifying strategies and reasoning; comprehension and interpretation of statistics; flexibility of thinking; using and understanding appropriate mathematical vocabulary; identifying the steps and using a number of operation; realising the importance of accurate calculations; and applying inverse operations.

Find more resources, examples of practice, research and improvement frameworks and tools for numeracy and mathematics in the National Improvement Hub.

Events and activities

Maths Week Scotland, 11–17 September 2017 - Experience the benefits, joy and beauty of maths in exciting new ways by participating in Maths Week Scotland, a brand new initiative to help everyone in Scotland see maths positively. For more information on planned activities, visit the Making Maths Count blog.

Key documents

Experiences and outcomes

Principles and practice documents


National Numeracy and Mathematics Progression Framework

National Qualifications

Browse our NQ site to find subject-specific materials on numeracy and mathematics.

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