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Free training available for CLD practitioners in Scotland

28 Jul 2022

This September, National Numeracy will begin Phase 2 of a project funded by Education Scotland’s STEM Grants programme, aiming to reach Community Learning Development (CLD) practitioners and STEM Ambassadors in Scotland.

Working in partnership with the STEM Ambassadors in Scotland Hub from STEM Learning, based at SSERC, the project centres around National Numeracy’s Becoming a Numeracy Champion: Children, families and feeling good about maths programme.

Cover image from National Numeracy's "Becoming a Numeracy Champion: Children, families & feeling good about maths" presentation, showing a teacher with two students.

The training is designed to help understand the barriers people face when accessing maths learning, how children and parents can be supported to develop positive attitudes, and how to help promote positive parental engagement.

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Equipping the CLD practitioners and STEM Ambassadors with this training, the project’s main aim is to improve confidence in these groups, and give champions the knowledge and understanding to support families with numeracy upskilling in community-based learning.

Champions will go on to use their training to support people in the community to feel good about maths, so they feel more able to engage with numeracy learning.

With four online training programmes running in Autumn 2022, Phase 2 of the project has funded places available for up to 30 individual CLD practitioners and STEM Ambassadors, in each of the following regions:

  • Northern Alliance (programme starts 1st September 2022)
  • South East Collaborative (programme starts 18th October 2022)
  • Tayside Collaborative (programme starts 30th November 2022)

A programme will also be run in December, that is open to community learning practitioners and STEM Ambassadors from all regions in Scotland

Each programme is delivered online in 3 x 2-hour sessions over 3 consecutive weeks. You can find full dates and times for each region and sign-up as an individual here:

To book your place, please sign up as soon as possible and no later than one week in advance of the programme starting date for that region.

Participants in Phase 1 of the project fed back that the training helped them feel much more confident in supporting people with numeracy:

  • 100% said they feel more able to support children in developing positive attitudes towards numeracy
  • 97% said that they feel more confident working with adults to help them develop positive attitudes towards numeracy in children
  • 100% said that they now feel more able to support people with their numeracy
  • 97% said that the programme made them feel more able to plan practical next steps to improve the way they support numeracy for children and families.

The funding from Education Scotland’s STEM Grants Programme is underpinned by their STEM strategy and Making Maths Count report.

If you are a CLD practitioner working in Scotland and are interested in getting involved or finding out more about the project, please get in touch by emailing [email protected]