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Parental Engagement

We have been funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation to carry out development work on parental engagement in maths and the firm foundations of early number understanding for adults. This has allowed us to take the first steps in these two very important areas.

Parental involvement in the form of ‘at-home good parenting’ has a significant positive effect on children’s achievement and adjustment even after all other factors shaping attainment have been taken out of the equation..

Charles Deforges and Alberto Abouchaar

Aims of the project

We aim to increase parents’ active engagement in their children’s maths learning through:

  • Breaking down barriers to involvement and transforming attitudes to maths
  • Highlighting opportunities to bring numbers and aspects of numeracy into everyday life
  • Creating and disseminating resources and information that support both parents/carers and those who work with them


The research and recommendation phase of the Parental Engagement project concluded in April 2014. So far we have produced:

  • National Numeracy’s Parental Engagement Report
  • The Parent Toolkit, which includes resources, information and signposting on effective activities and approaches that break down barriers to parents’ involvement – aimed at parents themselves and at those who work with them
  • A Weekly Maths Activity Scrapbook to encourage maths conversations and activities between children and parents/carers. To be trialled with seven to nine-year-olds
  • A leaflet that schools and other organisations can download from the Parent Toolkit site. There are separate versions for primary and secondary schools


We piloted the Parent Toolkit site, scrapbook and leaflets with 10 schools across the UK during 2014-15. These include seven primaries and three secondaries.

One of the most rewarding parts of this project has been seeing the parents comments, enthusiasm and involvement in the Family Maths Scrapbook activities and that the parents are challenging themselves too.

Rachel Nunns, Pilot Partner, Pound Hill Junior School.

This website gives us all the resources we need to really incorporate numeracy into all of our daily activities.

Parent Toolkit survey respondent.

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