Carol Vorderman, one of Britain’s most popular maths stars and committed educationalists, shares her views with QA Education on the problem of adult maths skills falling short in the workplace and reflects on the importance of engaging children and families with numbers as early as possible…

Maths is the only universal language.

Launching Friday 5 to Sunday 7 October, KidZania London – the indoor city run by kids at Westfield London, Shepherd’s Bush – will be hosting an action-packed STEAM Week, inspiring kids to develop their skills across science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.

They’ve been a staple of the classroom for generations now but Casio calculators are far from stuck in the past. Here, Gerard Dummett, UK Education Manager at Casio, explains to QA Eduction editor Victoria Galligan how Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, is helping Casio to bring education into the 21st Century… 

• Tell us about Casio products in the classroom – what are your biggest sellers? How do your products enhance learning?

The EducationCity annual PlayLive Challenge, which took place between the 17th and 22nd June, was a phenomenal success, with a record number of children taking part. All in all, over 7,340 students participated in the two-day competition.

The aim of the week was to crown the PlayLive Maths and English Champions for the year, as well as boost excitement and engagement surrounding Maths and English, and to this end, the company opened up the competition to all schools, not just their subscribing schools and schools already taking a trial with them.


A DfE expert panel has announced that Power Maths Key Stage 1, a whole-class maths mastery programme from leading learning company Pearson, is to join the list of recommended textbooks supporting teaching maths in England.

Urgent action has been called for to address poor numeracy levels amongst working age adults and the associated £20.2bn annual cost to the economy. National Numeracy Day, which takes place on 16 May, is a new event which has been created to drive a change in recognition of the importance of numbers for everyone’s lives.

The Cambridge Mathematics Symposium heard that the standard of maths in the UK is "not up to scratch" and experts are developing a new framework to address the problem in schools.

Representatives from the international mathematics community came together at the British Academy in London in March to hear a progress update on the new mathematics framework. 

Help your class achieve maths mastery and win a share of £50,000 

 

Primary schools across the UK are invited to enter the Matific UK Games

 

Schools are switching to Matific for a step by step problem solving approach to maths mastery. The UK Matific Games competition is the perfect approach to maths mastery; students are encouraged through practical play, exploration and discussion.

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2017-07-20T01:00:00

Sixteen million pounds have been invested to improve maths teaching as part of a major drive to encourage more people to study the subject after GCSE, and to ensure Britain can compete in the global marketplace post Brexit. 

The government has set out a series of actions to increase participation among 16-18 year olds, following a government-commissioned review by Professor Sir Adrian Smith. 

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2016-07-26T01:00:00

‘We all have a part to play in tackling the STEM skills shortage’ 

The most recent research for the Parliamentary Office of Science & Technology reported that 42 per cent of employers still have difficulties recruiting staff from science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) backgrounds. Indeed, the STEM skills shortfall is a very real issue, and a cause for concern not only for schools, but also parents, businesses, government and policy-makers.  

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