This year, Roby Park has taken part in the Liverpool Counts Quality Mark Award. Find out more about it below…
The Liverpool Counts Quality Mark is part of a varied programme of strategies targeted at improving maths results for the city’s children.
The specific remit of the Quality Mark is to tackle the negative attitudes towards numeracy and mathematics which are prevalent in many areas of our society.
We aim to challenge these widely held views and promote a culture where people readily understand the impact good numeracy skills and mathematics qualifications can have on the social, financial, health and employment aspects of their lives.
We also aim to support teachers and other adults in our schools to encourage pupils to make connections in their numeracy and mathematics lessons to real life contexts and with other areas of their school experiences.
The National Numeracy Challenge in Liverpool
Liverpool city region is the largest area of the country so far to sign up to a drive to improve numeracy among adults. Mike Ellicock, Chief Executive of the National Numeracy Challenge, said:
“Being numerate means being able to use numbers and think mathematically, which is essential for so many aspects of everyday life and work. To anyone tempted to say ‘I can’t do maths’, we say ‘Yes, you can’. We are delighted that Liverpool are launching the National Numeracy Challenge city wide and we can’t wait to see individuals, employers and other organisations getting involved.”
Liverpool Counts fully supports this initiative and encourages all adults, especially teachers, assistants, parents, governors and ancillary staff in those schools involved in the Quality Mark, to join in by starting the online challenge. The role of the Maths Champion would be to support, coordinate and report on the progress of the challenge and to celebrate successes.
Our Maths Champion is Mrs McCormick.
Quality Mark Criteria
The assessment criteria are grouped under six key themes. The Champions are tasked to identify and assign relevant pieces of evidence to the criteria and through a self-assessment and best fit process, decide which award level (Bronze, Silver or Gold) they are currently working at.
During the visit on 19th April 2018, the external assessor reviewed the evidence with the Mrs McCormick, our Maths Champion, and awarded Roby Park the GOLD award for the Maths work we do in school.
Challenging negative attitudes towards numeracy and mathematics
“We strongly believe that the key to improving outcomes – educational, social and work related – for our young people is to focus on and challenge poor and negative attitudes towards numeracy and mathematics in schools, at home, in local communities and in the media.”
“Good numeracy is the best protection against unemployment, low wages and poor health”. Andreas Schleicher – Education Director OECD
“We firmly believe that if we tackle the ‘can’t do maths’ culture in our schools and communities with a challenging, consistent and persistent approach, we will improve the educational and employment outcomes for the young people of Liverpool “. Judith Lang and Dave Carden – Liverpool Counts
Making a difference from day one:
- Be aware of what you say about maths, especially around children.
- Challenge ANYONE that you hear making negative comments about maths.
- Any time you hear celebrities in the media saying that they ‘can’t do maths’, or making negative comments about maths, discuss it with pupils.
- Share your own enjoyment of maths and highlight when you have used it in everyday life.
- Dispel the myth that there is a maths gene and that only a few people can be good at maths.
- Encourage parents to be positive- share ‘top tips’ with them including praising effort with maths not just achievement!