This year, Our Lady of Good Help Primary School is working towards the ‘Liverpool
Counts’ Numeracy for Life Quality Mark and we want EVERYONE in our school
community to be involved: children, parents and carers, governors, teachers, LSA’s,
office staff, dinner ladies, cleaning and maintenance staff and visitors!
Our aim is to raise the profile of mathematics throughout the school and the wider
The quality mark has been developed by Liverpool Learning Partnership and School
Improvement Liverpool to promote positive attitudes to mathematics and numeracy as an essential life skill.
‘The aim of the Quality mark is to tackle the negative attitudes in society towards
numeracy and mathematics. We want to promote a culture where people
understand the impact good numeracy skills and mathematics qualifications can
have on the social, health and employment aspects of their lives. We also aim to
support adults in schools to encourage pupils to make connections in their lessons
to real life contexts and with other areas of their school experiences.’
Liverpool Learning Partnership; School Improvement Liverpool
Top tips for parents and families:
Be positive about maths. Don’t say things like, “I can’t do maths” or “I hated maths at school”; your child might start to think like that themselves.
Point out the maths in everyday life. Include your child in activities involving maths
such as using money, cooking and travelling.
Praise your child for effort rather than talent – this shows them that by working hard they can always improve.
We want YOU, parents and carers, to share how you use maths in your everyday
lives. We would love you to come into one of our classrooms to talk about how you
use maths in your job or hobby with the children and their teachers. We want our
children to make strong links between maths and real life situations.
So, if you can spare some time to come and ‘talk maths’, leave your name and
contact number with the school office.
The National Numeracy Challenge in Liverpool:
Mike Ellicock, Chief Executive of the National Numeracy Challenge has stressed the
importance of challenging anyone who says, ‘I can’t do maths’ with ‘Yes, you can’.
Liverpool is launching the Challenge city wide and everyone can get involved –
follow this link to learn more http://www.nationalnumeracy.org.uk/challenge-online
How to get involved:
Try the above challenge! Never say, ‘I can’t do maths’. Look for what maths you
have used each day; time, recipes, football data!
Tweet us @OLGHLiverpool with the maths you have used. #mathsiseverywhere