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National Numeracy, the Scottish STEM Ambassador Hub and Education Scotland announce new project

19 Aug 2021

This autumn, National Numeracy will be lead partner on an exciting new project kindly funded by Education Scotland’s STEM Grants programme, aiming to reach Community Learning Development (CLD) practitioners and STEM Ambassadors.

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.

The training is designed to help participants 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.

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

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

They will then 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.

Running until March 2022, Phase 1 of the project intends to reach up to 20 CLD practitioners and 5 STEM Ambassadors, in each of the following regions:

  • West Scotland (completed November 2021)

  • Southwest Scotland (completed November 2021)

  • West Lothian & Forth Valley (beginning January 2022​​​​​​​)

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 West Lothian & Forth Valley and are interested in getting involved in the project, please get in touch by emailing [email protected] by 5th January 2022