North London School

Literacy & Numeracy

Numbers are everywhere: if you can use them, you will go far in life.  Universities and employers are looking for numerate and literate people.


TEAMS – is unique to North London Grammar School; it prepares pupils for life and enhances their GCSE grades.


TEAMS is a new way of learning English and Maths. It stands for: Together English and Maths Success. Teams is a whole school literacy and numeracy strategy to build confidence and competence with numbers, measures, statistics and to use literacy to understand what the question really is asking. It is more than an ability to do basic arithmetic; it involves collaboration with teachers and with other students, enabling pupils to realise the purpose of literacy and numeracy and to become more confident in the transference of skills to other subjects and real life situations. 


At NLGS all students will take part in TEAMS. It will further enhance the opportunity for our pupils to participate fully in education with the aim of making a real, measurable and positive difference to their lives and will assist them in achieving their full potential.


Numeracy encompasses the ability to recognise situations where mathematical reasoning and skills can be applied to solve problems and meet the demands of day-to-day living in complex social settings.


Numeracy is required for employment.  It requires understanding of the number system, a repertoire of mathematical techniques and an inclination and ability to solve quantitative problems in a range of contexts.  It includes having spatial awareness and the ability to appreciate patterns and sequences. Numeracy also demands that the young person understands how data are collated through computation and measurement.  Individuals need to be able to make sense of this numerical information and select appropriate ways to present it – in graphs, diagrams, charts and tables.


The strategy promotes learning that is active and highly motivated, is purposeful, creative and imaginative, encourages reflection and motivates pupils to take increasing responsibility for recognising their own strengths and weaknesses, hence becoming independent learners and self-motivated, thriving to achieve high goals.

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