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Overcoming barriers in mathematics – Helping children move from level 2 to level 3

Publication date:
Mar 2008
Education adviser, Headteacher, Lead intervention teacher, National Strategies consultant, Senior leadership team (SLT), Subject leader, Teacher
Assessment resources, Continuing professional development (CPD), Leadership, Management resources, Planning resources, Progression, Training materials, Initial teacher training (ITT), Intervention, Teaching and learning
Booklet, CD/DVD, Key resource


This publication is available as a PDF file (2.4 MB).

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These materials are designed to help teachers ensure that Year 3 and 4 children progress from level 2 to 3 by the end of Year 4.

Increasing numbers of children are achieving level 3, but some children still meet barriers in their learning that slows or blocks their progress. The materials on the CD provide teaching resources and ideas that teachers use when planning additional support for those children.

This CD is one of a set of similarly focused intervention materials that are to be developed for mathematics. Teachers will find these materials useful when planning their teaching to help children working around the level 2 to 3 border make good progress.

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  • tamsinwood 10.03 pm, 30th September 2010

    How can I get a copy of the CD which accompanies this booklet?

  • Annabelle28 5.58 pm, 7th October 2010

    I would also like to know how to get a copy of the CD which accompanies this booklet. I have the level 1 and 2 and the Cd for level 3 and 4 but need desparately level 2 and 3.

  • The National Strategies 7.48 am, 8th October 2010

    I'm going to ask our Customer Services team about these materials. If anyone else has specific questions about stock availability, you may like to contact Customer Services directly. You can see all the contact options by openingthe Contact page which is in the footer of every page or sending an email to enquiries@nationalstrategies.co.uk
    Kind regards

  • Trudy1908 6.34 pm, 11th November 2010

    I would like to know if the CD is still available for this booklet.

    • The National Strategies 10.38 am, 12th November 2010

      Hello Trudy,

      You can download the booklet but the CD for level 2-3 is out of stock.

      Each prmary school received a copy of the Steps to Success DVD (00098-2010DVD-EN) which superseded the Overcoming Barriers materials – these were produced in DVD only and are not available on the site. If you cannot find a copy in your school your Local Authority may have one. (The Steps for Success DVD is no longer in stock).

      If you have any other questions or queries about the availability of specific National Strategies materials, then please do send an email to our customer services team at enquiries@nationalstrategies.co.uk

      Thank you

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