Number Champions is a charity that supports maths learning in primary schools.

What is the need?

Many children fall behind in maths, find it difficult to catch up, and then develop a dislike of the subject.  This impacts their future learning and can affect their prospects in life.

What do we do?

Number Champions provides one-to-one interventions in primary schools so that, through mathematical games and other fun activities with our trained in-school volunteers, children can build skills and confidence in maths.

What feedback have we received?

‘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 London


‘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.’

Catherine Gallimore, Head of School, Malorees Infants School

Which children do we support?

Teachers have told us that the most effective time to intervene is with children aged six to eight (school Year 2 and Year 3), so we are focusing on this age range. The teachers choose the children.

How long is each session?

A trained volunteer spends 20 to 30 minutes with each child at least weekly, usually seeing three children on each visit. Sessions are during the school day and are run for a full school year, .

For further details, please visit our In-school volunteers page.

How much does it cost the school?

We had seed funding to support our pilot scheme in North London primary schools in the two years to July 2020.  For this period, we did not charge a fee to participating schools. The pilot has enabled us to develop an intervention with proven positive impact, and we now plan to expand across London and ultimately nationwide.  We intend to obtain the majority of our funding from donors, with the balance coming from a minimal cost per child charged to each school.

For further details, please visit our Become a Number Champions school page.