year 8 numeracy above are

even numerate students experience a sharp decline in numerical fluency from y7 to y11. although many students enter secondary school at or nearly at age-related expectations, there is little ongoing opportunity in key stage 3 to revise or even use numerical skills. calculators are the norm, even in ks3 maths lessons. this demise of numerical fluency inevitably affects students' life skills and test results, before and at gcse.

it does not have to be this way!