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Created on 28 March 2008 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 30 October 2015 by ncetm_administrator

Maths4Life, a Skills for Life programme funded by the then DfES, was based at the National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy (NRDC) between July 2004 and March 2007. NRDC remains a  partner in the NCETM’s further development of post-16 mathematics and numeracy work.

A major part of the Maths4Life project was the production of the ‘Thinking Through Mathematics’ materials to support the professional development of teachers of adult numeracy. ‘Thinking Through Mathematics’ was launched in Spring 2007 at a series of NCETM events across England and this resource was originally available to order as a ring-binder. The ring-binder is no longer available to order, but some of the materials are now available online.

Read a review of this resource, written by Brian Welters, Numeracy Tutor, Milton Keynes Adult Community Learning. ‘Thinking Through Mathematics’ is a very useful and adaptable resource aimed at supporting teachers and learners working around Entry level and Level 1 of the Adult Numeracy Core Curriculum and follows the approaches exemplified by the resource ‘Improving Learning in Mathematics’. 

Other publications related to ‘Thinking Through Mathematics’ are available for download:

The Maths4Life project has also produced a series of booklets on

The booklets were written for teachers of adult numeracy and mathematics but provide all teachers of mathematics with ideas on teaching, planning, activities, resources and pedagogical and practical issues.
In addition, there are several other Maths4Life publications available for download which relate to numeracy research, policy and pathfinder reports:

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13 July 2009 20:21
Interactive Whiteboard versions of Improving Learning in Mathematics can now be found at:

By Davem
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18 November 2008 21:55
Maths 4 Real can be found at Teachers.tv.uk
By daitken
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08 April 2008 11:00
I have used Maths for Real 15 minute videos and am impressed. Is there a complete list of the videos available from the NCETM website?
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