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Funds to help numeracy

Clerical Medical is donating over £10,000 to a school project that aims to help children&#39s numeracy and encourage an interest in finance.

The project is run through after-school maths clubs for first years in secondary schools in the South West.

The scheme is part of the Education Extra project, a charity that helps teachers, teaching assistants, volunteers and parents to run the clubs. Five Bristol schools have been invited to take part in the scheme, which will cater for 125 pupils. The programme aims to tackle a lack of motivation and progress in numeracy that many pupils aged between 12 and 13 face in their first year at secondary school.

The clubs focus on problem solving rather than textbook learning and will include activities that show how numbers relate to areas like sport.

Clerical Medical managing director John Hiew says: “Maths is less popular than other subjects among young people and there is a shortage of pupils interested in following careers that involve maths. It is important to demonstrate our commitment to the education of young people and to support the future of our industry.”

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