Every child counts

An Edge Hill University scheme to help improve literacy and numeracy in schools has now helped more than 100,000 children across the UK and beyond.

Every Child Counts is a range of successful interventions developed by academics in Edge Hill University, providing professional development, training and resources for school leaders, teachers and teaching assistants to help them to help children who find it hard to read, write and do mathematics.

And now, even more children are set to benefit with two more interventions added to the scheme’s already impressive roster.

Talk 4 Number is being rolled out to schools with the aim of helping children talk confidently about maths.
Aimed mainly at pupils in Year 3 and Year 4, the intervention allows children in small groups to use and understand mathematical language and talk fluently about these methods.

In trials, children gained an average ‘number age’ of nine and a half months after less than two and a half months of Talk 4 Number sessions.

Nick Dowrick, the Every Child Counts director at Edge Hill University, said: “Being able to read, write and do mathematics properly can transform children’s lives and futures.

“We’d like to thank all the teachers and teaching assistants who have worked so hard to use our interventions to make a difference for 100,000 children.

“Our Every Child Counts team at Edge Hill University is continuing to develop and test more interventions so that we can help schools to help the next 100,000 children across the country to develop the skills to set them up for success.”

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