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Enhancing children’s confidence and attainment in maths through physical activity.

Maths on the Move

location_on United Kingdom
Today’s children may be the first generation to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. Knowing that active children do better, Aspire want to change that. Combating inactivity requires a change in participation trends and attitudes. Using Physically Active Learning (PAL), MOTM raises the profile of PA in schools and boosts maths confidence and attainment.
MOTM has had a significant impact on a child in my class who was quite fearful of maths. Since she started these sessions, she now comes happily to complete maths tasks and often asks for more work!

Headteacher, Ashcott Primary School


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Updated on August 9th, 2022
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Why did you create this innovation?

Schools play a key role in helping children meet activity targets, but opportunities to be active during the school day can be limited.

Embedding movement into maths significantly increases PA levels and allows children to access the subject in a new way. For children who feel anxious about maths, changing the environment to a game-based approach leads to less apprehension and boosted confidence.

How does your innovation work in practice?

To support the health of our children and drive confidence and academic attainment, MOTM uses PAL to enhance and complement traditional teaching.

MOTM is aligned to the National Curriculum and allows teachers to choose the most suitable 12-week course for the children taking part. Trained MOTM educators deliver weekly hour-long sessions in non-classroom environments. At the end of every programme, the school receives a report detailing the children’s achievements in lessons and perceived confidence levels.

Research conducted by Leeds Beckett University found MOTM increases PA levels and reduces inactive time when compared to classroom-based children. The study also found MOTM to have a significant impact on maths performance.

Teacher focus groups revealed wider benefits such as an increase in confidence, concentration and on-task behaviours in subsequent lessons. Children emphasised that the programme was fun and working collaboratively with their peers helped them progress.

How has it been spreading?

To allow every school to be able to access Maths on the Move lessons, we have developed a nationwide network of qualified educators. The Aspire Active Partnerships network now has 43 likeminded organisations with over 200 trained Maths on the Move educators across England who can deliver the programme in schools.

As a result, last academic year 5,376 children accessed weekly Maths on the Move lessons in their school, across 448 groups. They covered 322,560 minutes of physically active learning and answered 645,120 maths questions in their lessons.

In addition to the direct delivery of Maths on the Move in schools, we have a catalogue of resources and videos that schools can access for free to start their physically active learning journey in their own setting.

If I want to try it, what should I do?

If you are a school wishing to find out how MOTM could work in your setting, please visit to learn more about the programme and book a trial to see the programme in action.

If you are wishing to deliver MOTM to schools in your region, please visit to learn more about the nationwide partner network of organisations.


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April 2022
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