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Mathematical Challenges for Able Pupils

The Department for Education and Skills published a document 'Mathematical Challenges for Able Pupils in Key Stages 1 and 2 in 2000.

Many able pupils will progress more quickly through these programmes and will need extension and enrichment activities in mathematics. This book addresses class organisation, planning and teaching through answers to commonly asked questions.

You can view on the Archived Primary National Standards web site:


Background Reading on Teaching Able Pupils

Contains useful addresses, websites and materials for use in the classroom.


National Archives

The following information is still available in the National Archives

NLNS Guidance on Teaching Able Children

A DfES publication entitled: "National Literacy and Numeracy Strategies: Guidance on Teaching Able Children" was sent to all schools in January 2000. This document provides useful guidance on:

  • Enrichment v acceleration
  • Planning
  • Teaching strategies and questioning

The National Archives, DfES Standards site (March 2005):

DfES Standards Guidance on Teaching Able Mathematicians

QCA Guidance on Teaching Gifted & Talented in Maths