This year, as a school, we are working towards the Liverpool Counts Quality Mark. 'The aim of the Quality mark is to tackle the negative attitudes in society towards numeracy and mathematics. We want to promote a culture where people understand the impact good numeracy skills and mathematics qualifications can have on the social, health and employment aspects of their lives. We also aim to support adults in schools to encourage pupils to make connections in their lessons to real life contexts and with other areas of their school experiences.’
The aims of the LCQM project are:
- to raise the profile of Numeracy for life/Mathematics in our school
- to create a positive ethos and develop a ‘have a go’ mindset in school.
- to change the culture of thinking around Mathematics
- to make real life connections
- to understand the role Mathematics plays in future life choices
- to show the link Mathematics plays across all subjects
- to share and celebrate the enjoyment of Numeracy for life/ Mathematics.
Top tips for parents and families from National Numeracy:
Be positive about maths. Don't say things like "I can’t do maths" or "I hated maths at school"; your child might start to think like that themselves.
Point out the maths in everyday life. Include your child in activities involving maths such as using money, cooking and travelling.
Praise your child for effort rather than talent - this shows them that by working hard they can always improve.
If you struggle with maths yourself - try the free online tool the ‘National Numeracy Challenge’ to improve your own maths.