One in five children leave primary school without achieving the expected level in maths*, limiting their chances of getting a decent job.
The Mayor’s Fund for London has joined forces with the UK’s ‘best loved’ mathematician, Johnny Ball, to inspire London’s primary school children to take part in a new maths challenge, part of their wider Count on Us numeracy programme aimed at motivating 3,000 children in over 150 primary schools across the capital in the next 3 years.
A total of 52 schools are taking part in the Count on Us Challenge in 2014, which is based on the 24® Game. The top 13 schools will be invited to attend the Final, hosted by Johnny Ball, on 10th June 2014 at City Hall.
In his role as ambassador for the Mayor’s Fund for London, Johnny Ball visited Sacred Heart RC Primary School in Wandsworth on World Maths Day, yesterday, 12 March. Johnny inspired pupils to enjoy maths, and giving them hints and tips on how to play the 24® Game and succeed in maths.
Johnny Ball says: “An understanding that maths is both fun and empowering is one of the most important things we can teach young people today. I am delighted to be working with the Mayor’s Fund for London to support their Count on Us programme which has identified the key challenges for young people in getting to grips with numeracy."