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Overcoming barriers in mathematics – helping children move from level 4 to level 5

Publication date:
Dec 2009
Education adviser, Headteacher, Inclusion staff, National Strategies consultant, NS (National Strategies) employees, Senior leadership team (SLT), Subject leader, Teacher
Assessment resources, Continuing professional development (CPD), Guidance, Leadership, Management resources, Planning resources, Progression, Training materials, Initial teacher training (ITT), Teaching and learning
Booklet, Key document, Key resource


This publication is available as a PDF file (1.0 MB).

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These materials are designed to help you build on the success in increasing the numbers of children who achieve level 5 in mathematics by the end of Key Stage 2. Some children still meet barriers in their learning that slow or block their progress but, with additional support, they could achieve level 5. The materials provide teaching resources and ideas upon which you can draw when planning additional support for these children. This is one of a set of focused materials that have been developed for mathematics. Materials to support moving children from level 1 to level 2, level 2 to level 3 and from level 3 to level 4 are already available (Refs: 00021-2009CDO-EN, 00149-2008PCK-EN and 00695-2007PCK-EN). We hope that you will find these materials useful when planning your teaching to help children working around the level 4 to level 5 border to make good progress.

This publication may be available to order from:

  • Order from DfE Publications

    DfE Publications
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  • naylor0185 2.50 pm, 17th January 2010

    The booklet mentions a CD. Is this available yet? If so, from where?

  • njpais 8.11 pm, 20th January 2010

    could really do with being able to order this book and the cd documents??

  • The National Strategies 8.52 am, 21st January 2010

    The booklet and CD are packaged together are due to be orderable from the 19th March.

  • beejaybeecat 10.57 pm, 22nd January 2010

    Any chance of ordering earlier in order to use for the One to One Tuition?

  • tech 11.47 am, 1st February 2010

    Would really be good if the whole package could be available sooner. One to One tuition here also

  • helenbrowett 6.52 pm, 9th February 2010

    I can't believe that the CDrom material is not downloadable. Please can this be made available before 19th March? Some of us have Booster groups to manage before then.

  • Cleverice 7.46 pm, 10th March 2010

    Is there anything like this available for key stage 3?

  • njpais 2.45 pm, 5th April 2010

    It is after the 19th March now and it still says above only available for download? can we order it now and if so how?

  • The National Strategies 10.27 am, 8th April 2010

    Order details are now present at the bottom of the page.

  • rickleeds67 10.30 am, 14th September 2010

    Not available to order online?

  • The National Strategies 1.21 pm, 14th September 2010

    Hello all,

    The web link at the top of the page doesn't seem to be working. Let me look into the status of the publication for you.

    Thank you

  • The National Strategies 9.08 am, 20th September 2010

    I have been able to confirm that there are copies in the warehouse. The address and phone number for the publication department are at the top of the page.

    Thank you

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