John Ferneley College challenges parents, staff and Melton people to brush up on their maths by taking part in free numeracy blast lessons

Melton's John Ferneley College is challenging parents, staff and wider community to take part in a series of free 'numeracy blast' maths lessons EMN-151009-170102001
Melton's John Ferneley College is challenging parents, staff and wider community to take part in a series of free 'numeracy blast' maths lessons EMN-151009-170102001

Many people will remember their school maths lessons with a sense of loathing and fear - but a new community-wide initiative being launched at Melton’s John Ferneley College is aiming to change that.

The college is challenging parents, staff and members of the wider Melton community to attend a series of six, one hour long fun and interactive ‘numeracy blast’ maths lessons.

The bite-size lessons, which are free to attend and open to people of all ages and maths abilities, will cover topics which the college’s students will be tackling themselves.

There will be trophies up for grabs for those who excel over the course of the lessons, as well as a test at the end of each lesson, for those who are ready, to see how much they’ve learnt. Light refreshments will also be available.

Numeracy co-ordinator Tracey Burdett said: “We believe maths is an absolutely key life skill. Developing an ability in maths can enable young people to become successful, confident and happy young adults.

“We know our students only really make progress when their confidence grows. We’re working really effectively to achieve this through our weekly numeracy blasts and now want to extend this to the community. In particular, parents have been invited to attend the lessons where we will cover all the key ideas and concepts their children will be taught in the next half term. This means they’ll be able to get involved with their childrens’ learning and support them in grappling some of the key techniques.

“If students get support from their parents it will help their progress. We also know if parents feel positive about maths, it’s much more likely their children will.”

Principal Christine Stansfield added: “English and maths are key life skills, without them students have less opportunities.

“Nationally 62 per cent of students leave school with a grade C or above in maths. Our figure is 78 per cent but you can’t take that for granted and I think there’s a real need to change attitudes towards maths in the community.”

The first two numeracy blast lessons are to be held in college’s auditorium, from 4pm to 5pm, on Wednesday, September 30 and November 18. The others will also take place on Wednesdays, 4pm-5pm, on January 20, February 24, April 27 and June 8. All equipment will be provided.

If you’d like to take part in the numeracy blast lessons please register your interest in advance by emailing ask@johnferneley.org, putting ‘Numeracy Blast’ in the subject line.