Primary Number Partners

Maths shapes everything that we do, at school and beyond, and therefore a good understanding of numbers and confidence in numeracy is essential for the future academic and professional success of young people. Primary Number Partners aims to improve the numeracy of young people while at the same time bring them into contact with role models from the world of work. 

Volunteers play number games with students in Years 2 to 6 (aged 6 to 11 years old), helping them to develop a greater understanding of mathematics in a fun and interactive way.

There are currently 450 Number Partners working with 32 Tower Hamlets Primary Schools.

How it works

Volunteers play number games and related activities with the same two students once a week during the school’s lunchtime. The sessions usually last for 30 minutes and we ask volunteers to commit to one full term (approximately 10 weeks). Most volunteers choose to stay for the whole academic year.

The students selected either need extra support in maths or lack confidence in their own abilities. Our dedicated Number Partners website has lots of information for volunteers, including videos, case studies, free games, and tips for successful Number Partner sessions. 


Prior to becoming a Number Partner, Tower Hamlets EBP provides a 90 minute training session for new volunteers on the practicalities of the scheme and how support pupils using strategies from the school curriculum, as well as safeguarding guidance. We also provide a volunteer handbook, which can be downloaded below.

The board games are kept at the school. Examples of the games that might be used can be seen at:


Tower Hamlets EBP provides training sessions for new volunteers which includes information on the background and practicalities of the scheme, as well guidance on strategies to use during number sessions and an opportunity to ask any questions. This training is arranged through the company co-ordinator and takes place at the company offices. The sessions are approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes long and also cover good practice and child protection issues.

Disclosure & Barring Service check

To volunteer as a Number Partner you will be asked to complete a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) form, which we will provide for you.

You cannot volunteer on this scheme without a DBS check through THEBP. No other DBS disclosures issued by another organisation will be accepted. The DBS check is processed under confidential cover, any queries or results are not disclosed to your employer.

If you have any queries about this scheme, please contact [email protected]

How to volunteer

We welcome only teams of volunteers (a minimum of 6 people) from companies.

Volunteers will need to commit to one full term (approximately 10 weeks), but find that most volunteers choose to stay for the whole academic year. Training is provided.

A Disclosure & Barring Service check is required. Tower Hamlets EBP will provide the company co-ordinator with the DBS forms. All volunteers must submit their form to us before beginning the scheme. There is no cost involved.

Register your interest for Primary Number Partners

To find out more about this programme please contact Avantika Taneja, Project Manager - Financial Literacy on [email protected] or 020 7655 0304.