US initiative aims to inspire children in the UK with maths

Nearly 300 primary and secondary schools in England and Wales are starting the new term by taking part in a Week of Inspirational Maths, an initiative developed by renowned maths educator Professor Jo Boaler of Stanford University, California.

It follows a similar project in the US and aims to provide children with positive messages about maths through lessons, motivating them to learn and dispelling myths that some people simply can’t do maths. The initiative is being launched here in partnership with National Numeracy, who have adapted the original US materials for UK schools and has recruited the participating schools.

Each participating school has received a set of five complete lesson plans with supporting resources, including videos, background explanation of the rationale of the approach, ideas for extending learning and access to a specialist online forum. Teachers deliver the lessons during the first two weeks of term and contribute to an evaluation.

Data and feedback will be collected from the schools in order to assess the impact of the programme in British classrooms and decide on future developments.

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