funding for 51 pilot Summer Numeracy Schools throughout England and
stressed that it would add to primary pupils' chances of getting a
better start at secondary school.
means over 600 summer schools catering for over 18,000 children will
operate this summer.
Mr Byers said: 'Numeracy skills are key to a child's progress
and later when they try to move into the job market. Children need
to feel confident in using numbers, whether it is to calculate how
far their pocket money will stretch or, in later life, coping with
shopping, mortgages or pensions. We may have access to machines to
help us, but being able to deal with basic mental calculations is
'England trails behind many of our international competitors in
numeracy. The government has set ambitious targets for turning this
situation around. Our National Numeracy Strategy will lead to 75%
of 11 year olds reaching the expected standard in numeracy for
their age by 2002.'
The Summer Numeracy Schools will help 11 year olds improve their
maths over the summer holidays before they start secondary school.
Children will receive 50 hours of extra tuition and parents will be
expected to take an active part in supporting their children. The
new initiative follows the successful pilot Summer Literacy School
project last year, which is being expanded more than ten-fold this
Mr Byers said: 'Summer schools are part of our strategy to
raise standards. Starting secondary school is a daunting
experience. A good grounding in numeracy at the start of term will
make the transition much easier.
'The summer school approach works. Evaluation of last year's
literacy pilot showed they had been very successful at improving
pupils' attitudes to, and confidence in, reading and that links
between primary and secondary schools had improved, as had parental
involvement. These are essential factors that apply to raising
standards in numeracy as much as in literacy.
'Evidence that parents and local businesses would be involved
in the schools was one of the criteria used to judge bids for
funding. Developments such as summer schools need to take place in
a wider climate of support for numeracy. Parents in particular are
a key influence in helping youngsters see the value of numeracy.
Often parents themselves lack confidence in mathematics, so both
parents and children will benefit from the summer schools.
'Pupils transferring to secondary schools will be helped to
raise their standard of numeracy before they move on to secondary
school in September. I am confident that these 51 Summer Numeracy
Schools will prove as popular as our Summer Literacy Schools were
last year. They will work alongside the 560-plus Summer Literacy
1. In 1997 62% of 11-year-olds reached level 4 in mathematics.
Each summer school caters for around 30 pupils.
2. Pupils aged 11 are expected to be able to calculate mentally
the answers to questions such as:
What is 47 x 25? Calculate 70% of£20. Divide 47 by 10. What
is 34 times 6?
3. Attached is a list of the 51 Summer Numeracy Schools.
4. The extension of the Literacy school programme is being
financed with£5m of public money and a£1m private donation.
SUMMER NUMERACY SCHOOLS
Barking and Dagenham Robert Clack School, Dagenham
Sydney Russell School, Dagenham
Bexley Thamesmead Community College, Erith
Camden Hampstead Secondary School, Hampstead
Essex Woodlands School, Kingswood, Basildon
Greenwich Kidbrooke School, Shooters Hill
Eaglesfield Secondary School, Shooters Hill
Thomas Tallis School, Blackheath
Hackney Clapton School, Laura Place, Lower Clapton Road
Hammersmith and Fulham Phoenix High School, The Curve, Shepherd's
Islington Mount Carmel R.C. Girls Secondary School,
Newham Langdon School, East Ham
Richmond-upon-Thames Shene School, East Sheen
Wandsworth Ernest Bevin College, Tooting
East Sussex Filsham Valley School, St Leonards on Sea
Slough Baylis Court School, Gloucester Avenue
Surrey Ashford High School, Ashford
Blackburn with Darwin Our Lady and St John High School, Blackburn
Pleckgate High School, Blackburn
Lancashire Moor Park High School, Preston
Lathom High School, Skelmersdale
YORKSHIRE AND HUMBERSIDE
Barnsley Priory Secondary School, Lundwood
Bradford Hutton Middle School, Eccleshill
Calderdale The Ridings, Ovenden, Halifax
East Riding of Yorkshire Bridlington School, Bridlington
Kingston upon Hull David Lister School, Hull
Leeds Cockburn High School, Parkside, Gypsy Lane
Sheffield Yewlands School, Grenoside
Wakefield Hemsworth High School, Hemsworth, Pontefract
Birmingham King Edward VI (GM) School, Aston
Coventry President Kennedy School & Community College,
Herefordshire Whitecross High School, Hereford
Salford Lowry High School, Camp Street
Sandwell Manor High (GM) Community School, Wednesbury
Stoke on Trent Blurton High School, Blurton
Walsall Pool Hayes Community School, Willenhall
Warwickshire Ash Green GM School, Ash Green, Coventry
Bristol City St George Community School, Bristol
Devon The Park Community School, Barnstaple
Swindon The Ridgeway (GM) School, Wroughton
Derby Derby Moor Community School, Littleover
Leicester City Fullhurst Community College, Imperial
Avenue NORTH EAST
Durham Greenfield School, Newton Aycliffe
Hartlepool Manor School, Owton Manor Lane
Knowsley Ruffwood School, Northwood, Kirkby
Middlesbrough King's Manor School, Acklam
North Tyneside Seaton Burn Community High School, Seaton
Stockton-on-Tees Grangefield School, Oxbridge Avenue
Sunderland Hylton Red House School, Rutherglen Road
Hertfordshire Sheredes School, Hoddesdon
Norfolk Great Yarmouth (GM) High School, Great