Make it a Happy
THE maths expert tasked with
increasing standards in mathematics and numeracy in Liverpool is urging
parents to buy mathematical games for their children this Christmas.
Dr Graham Lawler, Director of Liverpool Counts, hopes it will encourage
teenagers to improve their grades and accomplish the aims of the scheme.
Dr Lawler; who created the highly acclaimed:- 'BBC Bite Size GCSE' revision
guide for advanced maths and wrote a book with the late Sir Arthur C Clarke
about understanding maths; believes mathematical games are integral to
He said:- "Games are a brilliant way to encourage children and young
people to improve their mathematics. They are learning and having fun. The
best types of games are strategy games; these are where the players have to
think ahead. If we can get more children and young people playing these
strategy games then it can have an amazing impact on their mental skills
capacity and that is important in improving their maths. There are many
apprentice jobs in Merseyside that are going to people from outside the area
because they have higher maths grades. If mums and dads encourage their
teenagers, and improve their maths grades at school, these are jobs our
young people can have. That is why this is so important."
Liverpool Counts was launched in October with the objectives of:-
Raising standards in mathematics and numeracy with fun and joy of numbers at
Challenging perceptions and changing attitudes toward numeracy and
Raising the profile of numeracy using activities, events and resources based
on real life.
Bring relevance to numeracy through problem solving, demonstrating it as an
It is based on the successful model of Liverpool City of Readers, which is
contributing to the raising of standards in reading and writing and aims to
improve attainment in maths at all levels of education.
Liverpool Counts is spearheaded by the Liverpool Learning Partnership, which
represents all education sectors and all learners in Liverpool.