11 June 2024

We are delighted to announce that HFL Education’s ESSENTIALMATHS V2.0 is now live and available to purchase.  


Why ESSENTIALMATHS? We’ve done our homework! 

According to Ofsted’s July 2023 report,  

The curriculum should identify and sequence, in small steps, declarative, procedural, and conditional knowledge, and plan for pupils to learn this in small steps. This will make sure that pupils’ knowledge builds steadily over time.

ESSENTIALMATHS aligns perfectly with this approach, offering a carefully planned, small-step progression through the maths national curriculum from Reception to Year 6.  These primary maths teaching resources and learning sequences are an essential suite of resources for all primary school teachers and are designed for use in single age and mixed age classrooms. 

We are passionate about maths and ensuring that children not only get the right answers, but that they understand what they have done and why.

Charlie Harber, Lead Teaching and Learning Adviser - Primary Maths, HFL Education. 

What’s new in ESSENTIALMATHS V2.0?  

Since ESSENTIALMATHS’ original launch in 2017, it has been regularly added to each year in response to needs identified through our work with leaders and teachers in schools. So, if you and your school have been using ESSENTIALMATHS already, or you’re exploring it for the first time, you will find our specialist Primary Maths Advisers have made lots of improvements including: 

  • Brand new online platform – with all resources in one place and improved functionality to aid navigation and accessibility, facilitating efficient curriculum progression tracking back
  • Expanded resource library
  • Re-mapped long-term plans with time allocated for diagnostic assessment - increasing teaching time for key concepts and enabling assessment-informed planning
  • Curriculum progression identified on each learning sequence - tracking-back to enable access for all  
  • Rehearsal and reasoning sheets - worked examples, rehearsal, reasoning and retrieval questions for teachers to select from  
  • Fully aligned homework suite - includes worked examples, speaking frames and questions to enable support at home  
  • A carefully considered scaled pricing structure that takes into account your school’s structure and size. 

Everything you need for great primary maths teaching and learning - all in one place!


We have recently started using the Rehearsal and Reasoning sheets and it’s a bit like finding the missing piece to the jigsaw. Planning is now working really effectively with these integrated in. 

Alison Broomfield, Maths Subject Leader, St Andrews C of E Primary School and Nursery, Much Hadham 

HFL ESSENTIALMATHS training and in-school support  

If you are planning to purchase ESSENTIALMATHS, we are running a series of three half-day, face to face workshops designed specifically for you and your colleagues to be able to make the most effective use of the ESSENTIALMATHS planning resources. Attend all three workshops at your chosen venue for continued professional development that builds across the year.

Single and mixed age ESSENTIALMATHS collaborative planning workshops (Reception – Year 6)

Contact the team to enquire about in-school training and support for making the most of ESSENTIALMATHS. 


Contact our Primary Maths team