A successful Challenge Fund bid is making maths more accessible for young people.
Based off Park Road, in Liverpool 8, Riverside Learning and Education Centre, a GMLPF member, is running youth-club style maths sessions. By creating a laid back atmosphere and keeping groups small, maths suddenly appears less of a challenge for the youngsters aged 11 to 15.
Tutor Graham Johnson says: ‘The children are turning up with enthusiasm and within weeks we are seeing an improvement in their ability. If we can make maths seem less daunting, the confidence of these school children will develop. We’re keeping groups small and this is working, we’d really like to see the programme develop to reach an ever growing number of young people. If we can boost their confidence and willingness to face new challenges in learning, it will have positive benefit in other subjects as well as maths”.
Welcomed by parents
At the sessions, the children can get help with their written and online maths homework – a move that is welcome by many parents. One Mum whose child Sam, aged 11, has been attending says:
‘So many of my generation gave up on maths and it became the norm – a mindset that needs changing. When you think about it, that’s not really acceptable – it got me thinking that I didn’t want that for my child and sessions like the ones Sam is attending are setting the standard in doing this’.
The free tutoring sessions are currently running on Wednesday and Thursday at 4pm. Anybody studying at senior school is welcome to drop in at the centre in Hyslop Street – toast and juice are even provided. For more information schools, parents and students should ring 0151 709 3637.
James Glendenning, Chief Executive of Greater Merseyside Learning Providers Federation, which has funded the programme through The Challenge Fund says: ‘Community-based projects are the building blocks to break a cycle of challenges in education. Mastering maths has long been a barrier for many, but in Merseyside we are spearheading ways to tackle that and to get ahead of the ongoing Government agenda to raise standards.
In July 2014, GMLPF launched The GMLPF Challenge Investment Fund as part of its drive to support ongoing development of the region’s skills by investing in the long term future of its members – local training providers. The initiative was designed to particularly encourage:
- Improvement in quality
- Improvement in performance