Is the National Numeracy Strategy Research-based?


Margaret Brown School of Education, King’s College London, Cornwall House, Waterloo Road, London SE1 8WA


The British Government has recently agreed proposals for a National Numeracy Strategy which claims to be based on evidence concerning ‘hat works’. This article reviews the literature in each key area in which recommendations are made, and makes a judgement of whether the claim is justified. In some areas (e.g. calculators) the recommendations run counter to the evidence.