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. Literacy and Numeracy play an important role in a child’s educational life.


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. TEAMS enables 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. 

Above all, 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 also positive difference to their lives, therefore we will assist them in achieving their full potential.


Numeracy encompasses the ability to recognise situations. We can apply solving problems skills to mathematical reasoning and skills and meet the demands of day-to-day living in complex social settings.

First of all, everyone requires numeracy for employment as well. It requires an understanding of the number system, a repertoire of mathematical techniques. It is also important an inclination and ability solve quantitative problems in a range of contexts.  In addition, numeracy includes having spatial awareness and the ability to appreciate patterns and sequences. Thus, it also demands that the young person understands how everyone collates data through computation and measurement.  Finally, 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.

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

Literacy & Numeracy at at our outstanding private / independent school in London

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