According to the charity National Numeracy, 4 out of 5 adults in the UK have low levels of numeracy. There are currently 17 million adults in England that have numeracy levels similar to those of a child at primary school (www.nationalnumeracy.org.uk)
An adult with poor numeracy skills is two times more likely to be unemployed. Ensuring that all of our students are numerate is a vital part of making sure that they will reach their full potential.
How can you help us?
- Be positive about maths
- We believe that part of the problem is a negative attitude towards numeracy. This may be because you feel like you are not naturally talented and will therefore never be successful.
- Anyone can make progress if they put the effort in – make sure you always talk about maths in a positive way
- Have a growth mindset
- People with a fixed mindset believe that intelligence is static, and you cannot change it. People with a growth mindset believe that they can make progress if they work hard .
- Try using dome of these phrases to promote a growth mindset.
- Use maths every day
- Use maths at home every day. For example: scaling recipes up and down when cooking, best-buy deals at the supermarket, distances when driving, timetables when using public transport. There are many opportunities to use numeracy as a family.
- Support with homework
- Parents can support their children with homework each week.
- For more information about the topics your child is learning about in their Maths class and resources to support them please see the Maths Curriculum area of the website here. (LINK)
We are aware that some of our parents do not feel confident helping their children, and would like to improve their own maths qualifications. As a result we are currently investigating offering our parents the opportunity to complete a Maths GCSE in a year. Perhaps you could resit alongside your own child in year 11? If you are interested, please contact Mr McKee.