Research shows that if children do not ‘get’ maths, the most effective time to help them is at an early stage so that they can master key concepts, regain confidence, and engage with classroom lessons.

Succeeding in this one area can increase their self-esteem and their involvement in education as a whole, with positive effects on their life chances.  This is why we focus on children aged six to eight (School Years 2 and 3).

We work in state primary schools and the majority of the children we help are from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Our trained In-school Volunteers run one-to-one weekly sessions during the school day, in school, but not in the actual classroom.  The volunteer acts as a maths ‘tutor’ to the same child for a full school year and uses maths games and other confidence-building exercises to engage the child and make the 25-minute sessions fun and rewarding. The school selects the children who will most benefit from this skills-based help.

‘One of the best moments for me, as our school’s maths leader, was overhearing a child get called to his [Number Champions] intervention, and him cheering and saying that it was the best part of his day!’

Head of Maths at Number Champions partner school in Barnet

We have current and former teachers acting as mentors who deliver training and on-going support to our volunteers, including observing them in a session with a child. (Observations are temporarily suspended due to Covid-19). Our training also covers safeguarding, and we require schools to give volunteers an induction on their safeguarding policy and to run a DBS check.

We are currently partnering with schools in several London boroughs.  Given the size and importance of the issue we are addressing, and the very positive reception we have had from the educational community, our vision is to scale up to a national level so that we can help as many children as possible.

‘We have thoroughly enjoyed welcoming [Number Champions] into our school this year. The volunteers have been very child-friendly – patient and understanding. The children have all really enjoyed it and have grown in confidence alongside the improvement in their skills. It has been a wonderful opportunity for some of our quieter children to have some really concentrated one-to-one adult attention.’

Head of School at Number Champions partner school in Brent

If you are interested in being a partner school, please visit Become a Number Champions school

If you are interested in volunteering with us, please visit In-school Volunteers