Improving Numeracy in Scotland

This event examines what more can be done to equip pupils with the numeracy skills they need to reach their full potential, and takes a comprehensive look at the issues, ambitions, and potential for raising numeracy in Scotland.

Numeracy as an attainment priority

The Scottish Government scrapped the long-standing Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy (SSLN) in 2018 and replaced it with Scottish National Standardised Assessments. The last SSLN revealed an 11% drop in pupils at P4 performing well or very well in numeracy since 2014. While this is alarming becaue numeracy is a core life skill, it is all the more concerning given that numeracy is one of the three pillars of curriculum for excellence and a key benchmark for the attainment challenge. 

In the face of these statistics, we ask – how can we ensure we are nurturing the skills needed for all of our learners to thrive?

Join us as we examine the priorities for improving numeracy standards, as well as examples of good practice from across Scotland.

Key issues we’ll examine with you

  • The significance of falling numeracy rates within Scotland
  • Numeracy within Curriculum for Excellence and STEM strategy
  • Good practice and sharing learning around what works
  • The relationship between numeracy and attainment
  • Ensuring teachers have the skills, equipment, and confidence to effectively support pupils

Who should attend?

The event is aimed at everyone who is involved in managing and leading primary and secondary schools, teaching staff and others who are planning and delivering education for school children in Scotland.


9:45 Registration and Refreshments

10:25 Welcome and Introduction from the Chair

10:30 Session 1: Context and Key Challenges

  • The significance of falling numeracy rates within Scotland
  • The unique challenges faced within primary and secondary levels
  • The relationship between numeracy and attainment

11:40 Refreshment Break

12:00 Session 2: Improving Numeracy In and Beyond the Classroom

  • Good practice and sharing learning around what works
  • A holistic approach to supporting numeracy levels
  • The role of parents in improving numeracy and nurturing enthusiasm

13:10 Lunch and Networking

14:00 Session 3: Good Practice and Future Priorities

  • The role of technology in boosting learning
  • Taking an evidence-based approach to improving results
  • Ensuring teachers have the skills, equipment, and confidence to effectively support pupils

14:00 The Solutions Room

This interactive workshop is designed to provide peer-supported advice on how to approach the challenges you face in improving numeracy standards. You will have two minutes to think of a challenge you are facing. Participants will then be divided into groups and each person's challenge will be brainstormed by your group in quick-fire cycles. 

15:10 Closing remarks from the Chair 

15:15 Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change

Our events are CPD certified. This event is equivalent to 3 CPD points.

A certificate is available on request post-event to all attendees.


Speaker callout

We are committed to bringing the latest policy information with engaging dialogue and practical case studies to make a real impact in the public sector. If you are a knowledge expert in your field or have an inspiring case study which would make an impact to Public Sector organisations, we would love to hear from you. Please email with your name and contact details, linkedin profile and a summary of your project or area or expertise and we will be in touch.


Central Edinburgh, venue to be confirmed in due course.


Reduced Rate:  
1 place £145 +VAT​
(Voluntary/charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)

Standard Rate: 
1 place £245 | 2+ Places: £195 +VAT per place

(Public sector organisations and voluntary/charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m​)

Private Sector Rate: 
1 Place: £295 | 2+ Places: £245 +VAT per place

(Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For all event enquiries please email or call 0131 285 1635

23 October 2019
United Kingdom



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