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Community learning success in Scotland

21 Jun 2023

National Numeracy recently completed a successful project with community learning practitioners and STEM Ambassadors in Scotland.

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The ‘Supporting Community Learning in Scotland’ project was funded by Education Scotland and saw National Numeracy run training programmes for community workers across Scotland. The programme was a huge success, with participants gaining an understanding of numeracy issues in the UK and how to support both adults and children with numeracy learning.

Across 2021 and 2022, we trained more than 100 champions through our ‘Becoming a Numeracy Champion: Children, families & feeling good about maths’ programme. From project surveys, 100% of respondents said that they now feel more able to support children in developing positive attitudes towards numeracy.

Participants also fed back that:

  • they feel more able to support parents/carers to engage with their children’s maths learning
  • they better understand the importance of positive attitudes towards numeracy
  • they are more aware of the impact maths anxiety might have on adults and children
  • they are more able to plan practical next steps to improve the way they support numeracy for children and families

Since the training, champions have gone on to implement activities and initiatives in their settings including:

  • outreach programmes for parents about supporting children with maths
  • building support for everyday maths into existing provision such as arts and crafts courses, cookery courses, youth clubs and financial management sessions
  • running STEM family learning sessions
  • discussing numeracy issues and maths anxiety with people they support
  • running a numeracy café

We’re delighted with the success of the project and the ongoing impact that champions are having in community settings across Scotland.

For more information about our training programmes, visit our Training & workshops page.

Try the National Numeracy Challenge

However you feel about maths, you’re not alone. The National Numeracy Challenge is a free and easy-to-use website you can use to improve your confidence with numbers, in your own time and at your own pace.

It’s ideal for brushing up, checking your level, or for catching up on learning you missed, and it’s all about the maths you need in daily life and at work – no algebra or trigonometry.

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