Free Maths Tuition? Yes Please!


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.

Less daunting

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’.

Free sessions

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:

  • Innovation
  • Improvement in quality
  • Improvement in performance

More on GMLPF’s Challenge Fund

GMLPF funds online screening tool to help identify dyslexic students

GMLPF is funding a free online screening tool to help identify dyslexic students. Dyslexia Check is a collaboration between the international charity, Dyslexia Foundation, and Liverpool-based training provider tpm, both pioneers in the field of dyslexia identification and support. tpm, one of GMLPF’s longest standing members, is arguably Merseyside’s leading training provider in this arena. The new service is funded and supported by the GMLPF Challenge Fund, a £200K initiative to support skills development across Liverpool City region.

Specialist support

It is estimated that 1 in 10 people in the UK have dyslexia, with many going through life undiagnosed. Individuals who do not have their dyslexia diagnosed miss out on specialist support which can enable them to overcome barriers to personal and professional success.

Reliable, on-demand service

Dyslexia Check provides learning providers with a reliable, on-demand service to screen students for the condition. Once identified, learning providers can then draw up a schedule of appropriate support that will enable their dyslexic students to achieve their full potential.

James Glendenning, CEO of GMLPF comments:

“GMLPF is very pleased to be funding tpm to undertake this project. The aim of the GMLPF Challenge Fund is to support projects that enable experts like tpm to hone their expertise to make a positive difference.

“Equality of opportunity is a vital feature of our region’s training infrastructure. But many dyslexic students still go undiagnosed. This is why we’re supporting tpm‘s online facility that allows the condition to be identified, so students can go on to access the resources they are entitled to and the support they need to achieve their full potential.”

Dyslexia Check is in the first instance available exclusively to training providers who are contracted with GMLPF to deliver the Key 2 Apprenticeship programme. Other training providers who are interested in accessing the service should contact [email protected]


£200K Earmarked to Improve Skills in the Region

Greater Merseyside Learning Provider Federation (GMLPF) has now chosen the winning bids that will share the £200K Challenge Investment Fund announced in August 2014.

17 learning providers across the region will use the funds to improve the quality, effectiveness and accessibility of their training programmes. Examples of how money will be spent range from establishing a social media centre of excellence to an initiative dedicated to helping students with dyslexia.

James Glendenning, chief executive of GMLPF said:

“The GMLPF Challenge Investment Fund forms part of our drive to invest in the long term future of Merseyside, specifically in the development of its skills landscape. It’s also about supporting our members, the local learning providers who are committed to helping Merseyside’s young people build successful futures.

James added: “Priority has been given to proposals that are clearly innovative and will increase young people’s participation in training, including those with additional needs. We’ve also awarded funding to proposals that will clearly raise the quality of provision, and enrich the student experience.

Applications for the GMLPF Challenge Investment Fund were invited from GMLPF members in August 2014. Winning bids include:

Establishing a community cafe – ‘Wheatland Community Cafe’ – where students will cater for students and the local community to get real world experience of everything from cash handling to food preparation.
Winning bid by: The Vocational College, Bootle.

A social media centre of excellence – a hub in the local community working with young people, adults, employers and schools. The centre will be truly unique where learners will develop new skills, build confidence and gain a strong work ethic making them more desirable to employers
Winning bid by: Joint Learning

A programme dedicated to helping students with dyslexia. In collaboration with Dyslexia Foundation, the scheme will provide a free and reliable on-demand dyslexia screening service. Each person who takes the test will have an individual report including techniques to help them move to the next steps of a peer mentoring programme to develop literacy skills.
Winning bid: tpm, Liverpool.

A learner enrichment programme to fund ten students on a visit to Belgium so they can experience different cultures and approaches to learning. Students will stay in a youth hostel and complete a project on the First World War including a visit to the War Memorial Cemetery. The programme is delivered in partnership with the Belgian National Education Service. This approach is proven to help the young and disadvantaged in their outlook to life, work and employment.
Winning bid, Morthyng Vocational College, Birkenhead.

A pilot project to site a mobile unit in a school to break the cycle of 14-16 year olds falling into the so-called NEET group (not in employment, education or training). The hub will be open until 8pm in the evening and at weekends. As well as helping local young people into work and training, it also aims to develop entirely new ways of working with schools.
Winning Bid: Oakmere Community College, Walton.

Other winning bids include the development of a suite of digital resources for promotion and teaching of Barbering NVQs (Herbert of Liverpool), and a new Wirral training centre (Asset Training).