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.

We also believe in giving teachers the tools to support them in the classroom rather than a passive plug-in-and play approach which other schemes might lead to. This passion was the driving force for the development of our ESSENTIALMATHS resource back in 2017.

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.

Coordinating mathematical success: the mathematics subject report Ofsted July 2023 

ESSENTIALMATHS learning sequences enable teachers to teach a carefully planned, small-step progression through the maths national curriculum from Reception to Year 6, deepening understanding year on year. The ESSENTIALMATHS suite of materials have been designed for use in single age and mixed age classrooms and has been regularly added to each year in response to needs identified through our work with leaders and teachers in schools.  

The feedback from schools has been overwhelmingly positive and we are delighted that over 600 schools in the UK and overseas are using and seeing the impact of the planning, resources and diagnostic tools on maths teaching and learning. 


ESSENTIALMATHS v2.0 subscription launching this summer

Since 2017, our advisers have worked with teachers to make the most effective use of the materials in their classrooms, gathering feedback from schools and noting ways to make it even better.  Having revised many aspects of it and adding new resources and taking it onto to a new online platform with additional functionality, we will be launching ESSENTIALMATHS v2.0 this June.

ESSENTIALMATHS v2.0 will have all the latest materials accessible online, all in one place, to enable planning, selection of practice and assessment and rapid track-back through the curriculum. 

Teachers will be able to access the resources they need to support their pupils at the time they need them and however they choose to use them. The resources will include handouts, guidance documents, learning sequences, long term plans, bar modelling, diagnostic tools, homework resources, a gaming index and more. 

There will be a wide range of subscription packages to support new, existing and past users of ESSENTIALMATHS and to suit each school’s needs. 

*ESSENTIALMATHS v1.0 resources have now been withdrawn from sale. 


What’s new in ESSENTIALMATHS v2.0? 

  • Re-mapped long-term plans with time allocated for diagnostic assessment - increasing teaching time for key concepts
  • 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
  • Now accessible from a new online platform – with all resources in one place and improved functionality to aid navigation and accessibility 

Watch the recording of our  ‘show and tell’ webinar held in March 2024, where we tell you all about the latest developments in the single and mixed-age ESSENTIALMATHS planning and pupil rehearsal suite. 

Launching this summer

Subscription packages will be available to purchase from June 2024. This will enable schools to explore platform navigation and begin to use resources, ready for the new academic year. 

Follow us on social media for more information or sign up today to be one of the first to hear when its available to purchase.


The clear sequencing and subject knowledge support look really useful. I love the links to cognitive science. The links between year groups are great to potentially support growing SEND needs.

Zoe Hall, Mastery Specialist & Trust Maths Lead , Northampton Primary Academy Trust 

The fact that it’s online should make finding resources easier. The ability to track back to different year groups will be useful.

Lee Shane, Deputy Headteacher & Year 4 teacher, Nash Mills Church of England Primary School, Hemel Hempstead

Further information and samples for ESSENTIALMATHS v2.0


For teachers using ESSENTIALMATHS curriculum planning, we have a brand-new style of training on offer. 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)


Further information on our maths support

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For more information on primary maths support and services


Contact our Primary Maths team