Play numbers game and help our children

Schools in South London are being encouraged to sign up to NSPCC Number Day to help more children with maths.

Number Day is an annual event aimed at children in nurseries, primary and secondary schools, with teachers and pupils raising vital funds for the NSPCC while having fun with maths.

This year’s event takes place on Friday, February 3, and will see free curriculum-based downloadable activities available to schools across the country to help liven up their lessons while raising funds for the children’s charity.

Johnny Ball, veteran children’s TV presenter and maths enthusiast is supporting the NSPCC’s Number Day too.

He said: “The NSPCC’s Number Day is a great way for all children and schools to celebrate the joy of learning mathematics while supporting such a great cause.”

The NSPCC website has suggestions for activities and games children and teachers can enjoy.

Once teachers sign up they can find out more about activities, including ‘Dress up for Digits’ where children, pupils and staff can wear an item of clothing on Number Day with a number on it and make a donation to the NSPCC.

Since Number Day was first launched in 2000, it has raised nearly £3million for the NSPCC.

Last year, 5,000 schools got involved with Number Day and raised £400,000. and we’re looking for even more schools across London to take part this year.

Funds raised from Number Day could help support vital NSPCC services such as Childline and Speak Out Stay Safe, a programme which sees the NSPCC visit primary schools and teach children how to recognise signs of abuse and neglect, and who to talk to if they are worried.

Last year, 141,556 children from 420 schools in London took part in the NSPCC’s online Speak Out Stay Safe programme.

Currently our school’s area co-ordinators are seeking out volunteers to help deliver Speak Out Stay Safe workshops in the area too.

If you are someone with experience of delivering programmes in an educational or safeguarding setting, who is motivated by targets, with strong planning and organisational abilities, good communication and excellent people skills – we would love to hear from you.

Speak Out Stay Safe is an effective way to support a school’s safeguarding duties and link directly to the curriculum as well as helping reinforce key messages about abuse and neglect as part of a school’s teaching on healthy relationships.

If you’re interested in becoming a Speak Out Stay Safe volunteer please email

If you would like to know more about taking part in the NSPCC’s forthcoming Number Day  please visit:

London & South East by email



Picture: NSPCC

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