Our research shows that in disadvantaged schools there is a real need for extra support for children who are struggling with numeracy and maths. Good numeracy skills mean that children can use numbers to solve problems, helping them meet the demands of every-day life. Maths and numeracy are also fundamental building blocks for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematic) learning - incredibly important skills in todays world.
Our numeracy mentors pair with a child and use mentor lead 'Powerof2' workbooks, helping a girl or boy see maths and numbers in a new fun way!
The approach is designed to be used on a one-to-one basis over a number of consecutive weeks. We use a ‘three tick’ system: a maths problem must be answered correctly three times, over different days. Through the supportive nature of mentoring and the ‘three tick’ method, schoolchildren become more engaged with maths and numbers and learn new, valuable problem-solving skills.
Mentors work with schoolchildren between the ages of 8 - 14 years. A background in maths is not required and full training on how to use resources along mentoring techniques is given.
- Programme delivered over five weeks.
- Mentors volunteer for one hour per week.