NDNA Maths Champions - research trial

Take part and receive £500 for your nursery

We are currently accepting applications from early years providers (including school based and PVI) to take part in a research trial funded by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF). If selected to be part of the trial, your nursery will receive £500 whether you are assigned to receive the full Maths Champions programme  or form part of the important control group.

Who can take part?

Private, voluntary, independent providers in England based on non-domestic premises/maintained or school nurseries providing nursery provision for three and four-year-olds

Settings wishing to participate cannot currently be part of other EEF trials, the Department for Education (DfE) Early Years Professional Development Programme or have previously accessed Maths Champions

Settings must be able to commit to the expectations of the programme and take part in the evaluation process.

What does it involve?

As part of the trial, around 70 settings will be chosen at random to receive NDNA's Maths Champions programme  for free. The other half of the successful applicants will continue as normal and form the important “control group”.

Participants in both groups will receive £500. 

Assessments will take place in September 2021 and June 2022. The programme will commence in October 2021 once parent/carer forms are complete, and will run for 12 months. 

What is the Maths Champions Programme and what are the benefits?

The programme aims to improve the maths skills of children in early years settings by training ‘Maths Champions’ within nurseries. The Champion should be a senior staff member who is responsible for the quality of maths provision in your setting, and for building the confidence and skills of the practitioners working with children.  

A previous study of Maths Champions found a positive impact on children’s maths attainment. Also, access is entirely online, so there is no cost for releasing staff. It includes online CPD, resources and one-to-one advice. 

You can find out more about Maths Champions here, read case studies here and find out more about the trial by downloading the below leaflet.


If you meet the criteria above and would like to register your interest, complete the expression of interest form before 31 March 2021. You can also email us at mcstudy@ndna.org.uk for more information

Register your interest

The trial is funded by the Education Endowment Foundation partnered with the Department for Education.
The team of researchers running the trial are based at the University of York and Durham University