Becoming a Numbers Count teacher

(5 Posts)
gracegrape Tue 01-Apr-14 22:26:47

I've recently been offered the possibilty of becoming a specialist Numbers Count teacher. Does anyone have any experience of this? I think it sounds like a great opportunity and it would be lovely to work with small groups and 1-1. It is also perfect hours to combine with a young family. My only concern is how long-term it might be and if being out of the classroom might affect my prospects in the future.

Any experiences or opinions welcome!

toomuchicecream Wed 02-Apr-14 19:45:59

I am very envious. I want to be a Numbers Count teacher! My previous school had one who did a great job helping to fill the Maths gaps for year 2 (mostly) pupils. She loved her job. Because she was in school, she would sometimes cover a class if necessary, so she still got to do some class teaching too (although that was because she was there and willing and part of the team, rather than because it was part of the job)

I agree that it would be much more family friendly than being a class teacher. I also agree that it would be great to be able to work with children on a 1:1 basis - you could make a huge difference in a small amount of time. The training is very good too, from what I saw (and I'm a MaST specialist).

As for how long term it is, who knows? I would assume that as long as schools are getting additional funding like pupil premium or deprivation funding or whatever your LA prioritises, there will be schools who choose to spend their money on a very effective Maths intervention.

Being out of the classroom a problem for the future? Who knows? It might just be the move that saves your sanity and so means you are able to stay in teaching rather than doing what so many people seem to be doing at the moment, and cracking under the strain. I was recently involved in short listing for a job at my (lovely)school. We had all of 3 applicants, none of whom were currently in a permanent position - 2 had had longer breaks from the state sector than the other (private school work/bringing up family/supply was the reason for the break). The big concern was that the candidates wouldn't be up to speed with current assessment requirements as things have moved on so much in the past few years. If you're working in a school and attending staff meetings (where relevant to you - my former colleague wasn't at every meeting but she was at inset and some after school meetings) then you'll be able to talk your way out of that problem. Also the assessments used in Numbers Count are well research and rigorous.

I would have thought you could sell your Numbers Count experience as a bonus rather than a drawback at future job interviews. And just think - you might even manage some kind of home life. Go for it. And if you don't, let me know where so I can apply...

gracegrape Wed 02-Apr-14 21:57:38

Thanks toomuch. It's good to hear some positive thoughts. I think I'll give it a go if I can.

EmmaGellerGreen Wed 02-Apr-14 22:01:38

There is a numbers count teacher at ds's school. By choice, she just does a day a week, school would love her to.do more. The work she does with this children is amazing, the results are just astonishing. (I was a Governor until recently so am well informed). I really believe that lots more numbers count teachers are needed!

Lara2 Thu 03-Apr-14 18:02:21

My friend and colleague is a Numbers Count Teacher. She takes children from Y1 and Y2 every morning, 3 afternoons she does KS1 PPA and then she has her own PPA time. She loves it - been doing for a while now and thanks her lucky stars that she is out of the classroom with the way things are going. Definitely take the plunge and go for it!

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