£760,000 to help Durham University make maths child’s play

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A UNIVERSITY project which encourages 10 and 11-year-olds to tutor younger pupils in maths has been awarded £760,000 in funding.

The Durham University-led initiative aims to support teachers, to help the older pupils in the North East teach eight and nine-year-olds in the subject.

The scheme will be piloted in 80 schools and will include the training of teachers as well as the production of materials.

The funding is the largest of the first of four Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) grants.

Research by Durham University’s School of Education showed that peer tutoring can be an effective way of boosting students’ grades.

U.S-style summer camps, booster tuition sessions and a new approach to teaching the often difficult subject are also part of four projects from receive grants from the EEF.

The grants are the first to be allocated by the EEF, which will invest more than £200million over the next 15 years on similar schemes, to boost the attainment of disadvantaged children in some of the most challenging schools.

Sir Peter Lampl, EEF chairman, said: “We are delighted to be announcing these first grants, which are an important statement of intent for the EEF and a sign that we are up and running and ready for business.

“The range of projects demonstrates the ways in which we will work: supporting a university-led project, helping a new charity to start up, supporting a new initiative from an established player in the sector, as well as funding an innovative programme from overseas.”

He added: “All our grants are for projects that will be rigorously evaluated, and can be significantly scaled up if they are found to be cost effective in raising the achievement of disadvantaged pupils.”

The EEF has said it will be making further grants as part of its first full round of applications later in the year.

The second grants round closes on the January 27, with a round every term thereafter.

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