Numeracy is not limited to the ability to use numbers, to add, subtract, multiply and divide. Numeracy encompasses the ability to use mathematical understanding and skills to solve problems and meet the demands of day-to-day living in complex social settings. To have this ability, a young person needs to be able to think and communicate quantitatively, to make sense of data, to have a spatial awareness, to understand patterns and sequences, and to recognise situations where mathematical reasoning can be applied to solve problems.
In killarney Community College, the teachers have endeavoured to instill a whole school approach to numeracy in their classroom practice. The colleges School self evaluation project working with the PDST on an Action Learning Network Project focused on developing students understanding and attainment of fractions in first year students. A marked improvement in attainment was made by data gathered at the end of the project.