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School standards minister Stephen Byers today announced£500,000 ...
School standards minister Stephen Byers today announced£500,000

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.

Coupled with the Literacy Summer Schools, this announcement

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.




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,

Holland Walk

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


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,

Rookery Lane

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


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


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