Research shows that if children do not ‘get’ maths, the most effective time to help them is at an early stage so that they can master key concepts, regain confidence, and engage with classroom lessons.
Succeeding in this one area can increase their self-esteem and their involvement in education as a whole, with positive effects on their life chances. This is why we focus on children aged six to eight (School Years 2 and 3).
We work in state primary schools and the majority of the children we help are from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Our trained In-School Volunteers run one-to-one weekly sessions during the school day, in school, but not in the actual classroom. The volunteer acts as a maths ‘tutor’ to the same child for a full school year and uses maths games and other confidence-building exercises to engage the child and make the 25-minute sessions fun and rewarding. The school selects the children who will most benefit from this skills-based help.