It all adds up

The first schools in Liverpool have received a new Quality Mark in maths and have received their awards.

The Liverpool Counts Quality Mark is a pilot scheme which forms part of a big drive to raise standards in the subject in all schools across the city.

The Quality Mark is designed to tackle the negative attitudes which are prevalent in many areas of society towards numeracy and mathematics and is backed by the National Numeracy Challenge – an independent charity that aims to improve numeracy in the UK.

A total of 26 schools have successfully completed the accreditation programme for the scheme and recieved their awards at the Museum of Liverpool.

Assistant Mayor and cabinet member for education, employment and skills, Councillor Nick Small, said: “Liverpool schools have really improved their performance over the last decade and exam results are much better, but we recognise that maths results still lag behind those in English.

“Liverpool Counts is all about challenging the stigma that not everyone can be good at maths and that you can get through life without it.

“Good numeracy skills are an increasingly important part of many skilled jobs and essential to everyday life as an adult”.

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