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Edge Hill University 1st Class

Edge Hill University 1st Class


This is the best programme we have ever had for teaching assistants. It was not only effective but children gained an enthusiasm for their maths work.

Niki di Palma, Deputy Head Teacher, Redlands Primary School, Tower Hamlets

Updated in line with the Mathematics National Curriculum. Contact your local provider for details of training.


  • provides targeted use of the Pupil Premium
  • supports the new National Curriculum for Mathematics
  • raises mathematical attainment
  • increases enjoyment and engagement in mathematics
  • develops teaching assistants’ subject knowledge and wider effectiveness
  • provides detailed evidence of progress and impact.

Two programmes are available to schools:

1stClass@Number 1 – for children who need further support at the level of the Year 1 curriculum.

1stClass@Number 2 – for children who need further support at the level of the Year 2 curriculum.



How Does it Work?

1stClass@Number comes ready-made with detailed session guidance and extensive resources. A specially trained teaching assistant delivers 30 half-hour sessions to a group of up to four children, for 12-15 weeks. The children continue to take part in their normal class mathematics lessons.

The lessons focus on number and calculation, developing children’s mathematical understanding, communication and reasoning skills.  A Post Office theme runs throughout, engaging children in real life contexts that are both stimulating and fun. Each topic starts with a simple assessment that helps the teaching assistant to tailor sessions to the children’s needs.

The teaching assistant starts working with their group of pupils straight after the first training day. Then the training runs alongside the implementation of the teaching programme, in that way the Teaching Assistant is trained topic by topic.



Watch the video below to find out more…

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Impact on Achievement

Over 45,000 children in Years 1 to 11 have been supported by 1stClass@Number in 3,500 schools.

  • They made an average Number Age gain of 13 months in only 3.5 months – over 3 times the expected progress.
  • 93% of them showed more confidence and interest in learning mathematics in class after 1stClass@Number. See a Sample School Report here.



Training and Professional Development

  • Delivered locally by an accredited ECC Trainer
  • 7 half days for teaching assistants – mathematical subject knowledge and pedagogy- adapting session plans to meet children’s needs
  • 2 half days for a school Link Teacher, with the TA, – supporting, managing & evaluating 1stClass@Number
  • An optional school visit by the Trainer
  • Opportunities for further accredited academic study.

It has inspired and informed me to think about what is right for a pupil.

Caroline Durston, Buckland Newton CE Primary School, Dorset.



Resources and Support


  • Interactive and easily adaptable session plans
  • Extensive ready-made resources that are organised for you topic by topic.
  • Online guidance and downloadable resources
  • Access to the ECC data system, providing detailed analyses of impact and children’s progress
  • Phone and e-mail support from ECC and the Trainer.




Each local provider determines their own charges to schools depending on local circumstances.  The charge for 2016/17 for a new 1stClass@Number teaching assistant, with their Link Teacher, will be in the region of £900.



How do I Access the Training?

Schools can access 1stClass@Number from local ECC providers. Click here to find your nearest provider.

Further Information:

See an example lesson plan from 1stClass@Number 1 click here.

See an example lesson plan from 1stClass@Number 2 click here.

How can schools prepare for and manage 1stClass@Number?

Download guidance on preparing for 1stClass@Number before your staff start the training.

Download a flyer about 1stClass@Number.