How do you boost children's maths confidence and attainment?

How do you boost children's maths confidence and attainment?

80.1% of children felt more confident in maths and 93% of scores increased pre to post lesson.


That lesson was Maths on the Move (MOTM).


What follows is the impact MOTM had on the 5,376 children who took part during the 2019-20 academic year.


Developed by teachers, MOTM is a unique and innovative programme aligned with the national curriculum. Using physically active learning, MOTM enhances children’s confidence and attainment in maths.


And this is how we know.


MOTM 2019/20 data



Maths Performance

During each MOTM session, children complete 5 questions at the start of the lesson and 5 questions at the end of the lesson. Their scores were collected and the average results across all schools calculated:


Maths performance



Maths lesson scores



Confidence in Maths

Children were asked to self-assess their perceived confidence when faced with a maths question on a scale of 1 – 10 (1 – low, 10 – high).

This is what they said:


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On average, the children increased their confidence scores by 47%. The average pre course confidence score was 5.27 and the average post course confidence score was 7.76.


Maths confidence - graph


Before the programme, 23.9% of the children gave themselves low confidence scores (1-3). After the programme, this decreased to 5.5% of the children.

Before the programme, 21% of the children considered themselves to be highly confident (scores 8-10). After the programme, this had increased to 61.1%.


Maths confidence levels - graph




School feedback




To go through Maths on the Move (MOTM) in a bit more detail, you can contact Dan Hays on 0121 663 1979 or email