This project is designed to engage EYFS and Y1 teachers in some action research to develop the use of Numberblocks (CBeebies Programme) as a teaching approach.

What is involved?

  • X6 Online Work Group meetings from 1545-1745 November ’20-April ‘21’
  • Developing and trying out classroom-based practices to report back on to the Work Group
  • Working collaboratively during the Work Group meetings to suggest how to develop the use of the NCETM Numberblocks materials in Early Years’ settings and Y1 classrooms.
  • Identify a sample of children to closely monitor during the action research to evaluate the impact of the Numberblocks environment.


Participants and their schools will:

  • Early Years Teachers and Y1 Teachers will understand how the Numberblocks episodes help to develop number concepts.
  • Teachers will become familiar with the teacher support materials and develop their use in class.

Teachers will evaluate the impact of Numberblocks and the support materials on their own teaching and pupils’ learning.


Who can apply?

This programme is designed for teachers in Early Years or Y1 who would like to develop their teaching of mathematics inspired by the BBC Series Numberblocks, using the NCETM support materials published for series 1 and series 2.

Numberblocks complements the teaching for mastery approaches


What is the cost?

This Work Group is fully funded by the Maths Hubs Programme so is free to participating schools. However we will need to charge £75 per session for non-attendance with less than 1 weeks’ notice.

Dates and Times

Mondays (Online Zoom/TEAMS)

23rd November 1545-1715              (1.5hrs)

11th January 1545-1745                   (2hrs)

25th January 1545-1745                   (2hrs)

22nd February 1545-1745                 (2hrs)

15th March 1545-1745                       (2hrs)

26th April 1545-1745                          (2hrs)

Work Group Lead Information

Laurie is an experienced PDL (accredited Primary PDL and CPS-S Holder as SMaR+ PD). She has extensive experience of running Maths Hub collaborative Work Groups for LSE, LCW, Sussex K&M Maths hubs, usually using lesson study as the medium for professional learning. Laurie is also the contracted author for the NCETM Numberblocks teacher support materials for series 1 and 2.

If you are interested in this Work Group, you will need to fill out an Expression of Interest form.

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Privacy Notice: Maths Hubs Programme

Who we are:

This work is being carried out by your Maths Hub Lead School, which holds a grant with the Department for Education (DfE) to deliver the Maths Hub programme.

For the purpose of data protection legislation, the DfE is the data controller, and the Maths Hub Lead School is the data processor for the personal data processed as part of the Maths Hubs programme.

How we will use your information:

The Maths Hub Lead School collects and processes your personal data on behalf of the DfE for the following purposes:

  • To enable the lead school to carry out specific functions for which they are responsible
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  • To evaluate and assess performance of Maths Hub projects
  • To derive anonymised statistics which inform programme funding and strategic decisions about Maths Hubs and Teaching for Mastery within DfE, National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) and the Maths Hub Lead School.

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The nature of your personal data we will be using:

The categories of your personal data that the Maths Hub Lead School will collect, process, hold and share for this project may include:

  • Name (including previous names)
  • Date of Birth
  • Contact information such as email address and phone number
  • School name and unique reference number (URN)
  • Teacher Reference Number (TRN).

Why our use of your personal data is lawful:

In order for our use of your personal data to be lawful, we need to meet one (or more) conditions in the data protection legislation. For the purpose of the Maths Hubs and Teaching for Mastery programmes, processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest, as defined in Article 6 (1)(e) of the GDPR.

Who we will make your personal data available to:

We sometimes need to make personal data available to other organisations. These might include contracted partners (who we have employed to process your personal data on our behalf) and/or other organisations (with whom we need to share your personal data for specific purposes).

Where we need to share your personal data with others, we ensure that this data sharing complies with data protection legislation. For the purpose of the Maths Hubs programme:

  • NCETM (National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics), with whom the DfE holds a contract to coordinate and manage the Maths Hubs programme, is a data processor.
  • Maths Hubs, with whom the DfE holds individual grants with each Maths Hub Lead School to carry out activities aligned with the aims of the Maths Hubs programme, are data processors.

As such, personal data collected by Maths Hubs that is relevant to the successful coordination and delivery of the Maths Hubs programme will be shared with the DfE, the NCETM, and other Maths Hub Lead Schools. Such data may also be shared with an independent evaluator of the Maths Hubs programme and Teaching for Mastery programme.

The DfE reserves the right to share your personal data with new lead schools where additional Maths Hubs are appointed or where a lead school is de-designated and lead school status is transferred. The DfE also reserves the right to share your personal data with any organisation or consortium that holds a future contract with the DfE to coordinate and manage the Maths Hubs programme or with an independent body who will use the data to evaluate the work of the programme.

Transfer to Countries Outside the European Union:

Your personal data will not be transferred outside of United Kingdom or the European Union.

How long we will keep your personal data:

The Department will only keep your personal data for the lifetime of the Maths Hubs programme and, where relevant, Teaching for Mastery programme plus 6 months, after which point it will be securely destroyed. Please note that, under Data Protection legislation, and in compliance with the relevant data processing conditions, personal data can be kept for longer periods of time when processed purely for archiving purposes in the public interest, scientific or historical research, and statistical purposes.

Your data protection rights:

Under certain circumstances, you have the right:

  • to ask us for access to information about you that we hold
  • to have your personal data rectified, if it is inaccurate or incomplete
  • to request the deletion or removal of personal data where there is no compelling reason for its continued processing
  • to restrict our processing of your personal data (for example, permitting its storage but no further processing)
  • to object to direct marketing (including profiling) and processing for the purposes of scientific/historical research and statistics
  • not to be subject to decisions based purely on automated processing where it produces a legal or similarly significant effect on you

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Withdrawal of consent and the right to lodge a complaint:

Where we are processing your personal data with your consent, you have the right to withdraw that consent. If you change your mind, or you are unhappy with our use of your personal data, please let us know by contacting the Maths Hub Lead School and state the name of this project.

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Last updated:

We may need to update this privacy notice periodically, so we recommend that you revisit this information from time to time. This version was last updated: September 2023.

Contact Info:

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