YEAR OLDS BETTER AT MATHS THAN THE AVERAGE BRITISH ADULT
average adult in Britain has a maths ability equivalent to that of a
10.5-year-old child, according to research by
- the UK’s leading provider of online maths tuition for children
aged 5 to 13. 3 in 5 people look back on their school maths
lessons with regret, wishing they’d been more patient with
percentages and keen on calculations, a poll of 1,000 reveals.
“Many people scraped through their maths exams and thought
they’d never have to do complicated sums again. Now, they’re finding
that in order to survive the current economic climate they need to
pay more attention to household bills and interest rates. If they
don’t, they could find themselves in the red.” says
Richard Marett, CEO of Whizz.com.
To stay one step ahead of the recession, people need to find the
best deal from banks, get to grips with interest rates and calculate
their household expenditure, says Marett. The importance of maths
cannot be stressed enough and people need to stop burying their
heads in the sand.
“Children make an internal decision as to whether they’re good
at maths by the age of 9. Therefore
it’s crucial to stress to kids that the subject can be fun, that
they can be good at it, and that it is an important factor in adult
life.” says Marett.
Maths-Whizz Tutoring Plus tailors each online lesson to individual
children’s abilities so they don’t get left behind in the numbers
GREAT BRITISH PUBLIC GOING FOOTBALL CRAZY!
THE Great British public has more
faith in the reliability of their cars and football teams than they
have in their jobs and homes, a HiQ survey revealed. The
questionnaire, sent to 500 of the company's customers, revealed that
the nation is becoming unsure of the very things they took for
granted before the economic crisis took toll.
HiQ is one of the nation's leading fast fit retailers, specialising
in tyres, MOTs and a full range of car services. The survey
was commissioned to coincide with the launch of HiQ's new company
philosophy - fast fit you can be sure of.
Motorists were asked what one thing they can be sure of in today's
uncertain world and 22% chose the reliability of their car, ahead of
their jobs (11%) and their homes (15%). Even more amazingly, a
greater number of people said they had more faith in their favourite
football team than their houses and jobs, with 17% of people voting
for their preferred side. But it seems that while the credit
crunch is making the nation nervous, people still have every faith
in their families, with 35% (175 people) putting loved ones as the
one thing they can be sure of.
HiQ marketing manager Geraldine McGovern said:- "HiQ
commissioned the survey to celebrate the launch of our new concept -
Fast fit you can be sure of. We thought it would be interesting to
ask our customers what other things they are sure of in today's
uncertain world. The results were certainly interesting, and
seem to prove that the credit crunch is affecting people's choices."
HiQ is attempting to change perceptions in the fast fit industry,
after a Which? Survey in 2006 found that customers have a 73%
dissatisfaction with service in the fast fit industry.
Geraldine added:- "That statistic is an alarming one, and one
which we have spent a long time addressing. Our centres are
being redeveloped to bring them in line with customer expectations
and our open and honest pricing based on the principles 'the price
we quote is the price you pay' is also key to retaining the
customers we have."
For more information about HiQ and its range of vehicle maintenance
services, please click on
MERSEYSIDE'S UNEMPLOYED TASTE THE WILD SIDE OF LIFE
has teamed up with Liverpool based Wild Woman to present a new
programme of free workshops designed to inspire, motivate and help
unemployed people get their lives back on track.
The workshops are the brainchild of Liverpool born Clare Campbell
whose own experience of being unemployed led her to set up the
programme. The workshops take the form of a three day Wild
Transformation Retreat in Sefton and Wirral and aim to raise self
esteem and confidence through a range of creative workshops
including story telling, group art therapy and mask making.
Following on, participants receive further support through the
follow up programme with Working Links.
"I was out of work in my 20s after I came back from
University. I used to attend a
job club in Bootle where I found most people who were out of work
lost their self esteem, hope and positive attitude, and none of the
programmes available addressed these issues in anyway. Through
using therapy and other techniques, I managed to change my life and
overcome the challenges I faced around being unemployed. This
inspired me to set up Wild Woman and help others who find themselves
in a similar position to the one I was once in." said Clare Cambell.
In response to its success, Wild Woman have announced more of the 3
day workshops though out January and February. The workshops are for
men and women who are unemployed on Merseyside who are looking to
boost their esteem, change their lives, re ignite lost dreams and
ideas and become inspired to move on into an inspiring career or
Dates:- Wirral Course - 11 February , 12 February , 13
February 2009 9.45am to 2.30pm)
Dates:- Bootle Course - 24 February, 25 February, 26
February 2009 9.45am to 2.30pm)
Clare says:- “We offer people who are interested in attending
to come along to taster sessions to meet us and get a feel for what
the programme is about . There is no pressure to then sign up for
the course and you can ask any questions about how the programme is
The programme includes helping people with basic skills needs,
supporting individuals who would like to become self-employed and
providing specific support such as help with building a CV,
telephone techniques, interview preparation and presentation skills.
Angela Byrne, 40, been out of work and on Incapacity/income for 20
years ."Its been magical, educational and inspiring. It's the
best thing I’ve done for myself in 20 years. The course made me feel
brilliant, empowered and happy”.
The workshops are being delivered as part of a new Working Links
programme in Merseyside, which is funded by the European Social Fund
and is in partnership with Jobcentre Plus.
The Wild Woman workshops are one of a range of initiatives Working
Links is providing to engage with people and help them into work.
The ESF funded programme is available across Greater Merseyside and
is available to anyone aged over 16, who is unemployed.
Ann Lloyd, Partnership and Provisions Manager at Working Links,
said:- "The Wild Woman workshops are an opportunity for people
to gain a new lease of life and change their lives for the better.
At Working Links we help people do this by helping them access the
benefits of employment. For some people the workshops will mark the
start of them deciding where they'd like to work and what direction
they'd like to take their lives - here at Working Links we can help
them get there."
For everyone interested in participating on any of the workshops, or
is interested in finding out more, please contact Clare Campbell on:-
07813 920 489.