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Tips to take away maths fear factor for parents

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Education Secretary Kirsty Williams has launched new learning materials, including online videos, aimed at getting more parents involved in their children’s maths homework.

She says the new resources, which have been developed with input from three Welsh numeracy experts, aim to make it less stressful for parents or carers helping out with their children’s maths homework.

Booklets have been produced, and published online today, and include four maths calculations, at a level appropriate to each age group. Accompanyingvideos have also been produced, and filmed in a homework scenario, to demonstrate to parents and carers how best to help with each calculation.

We recognise the importance of parental engagement being the vital link between school and the home and have been speaking to parents and carers about how they can help.

One recurring concern seems to be a fear of maths and how they can support their child at home. Our new learning resource has been produced to encourage them to engage with their children and support them with their maths homework and it comes just in time for the start of a new school year.

– Kirsty Williams AM, Education Secretary

Learning Welsh: What motivates us?

A national picture of what motivates people to learn Welsh has emerged as a new organisation, the National Centre for Learning Welsh, takes responsibility for the Welsh for Adults education programme.

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Reasons for learning Welsh vary across the country and include:

  • Living in a Welsh-speaking community.
  • Building a sense of identity and roots.
  • Sending children to Welsh schools.
  • Widening job prospects.
  • An intellectual pursuit.
  • Keeping minds active following retirement.

People have lots of good reasons for wanting to speak Welsh - what's fascinating to learn is that there are regional differences in terms of the key motivators.

This new data reinforces what we're hearing at a local level from our providers and tutors and will help us when it comes to marketing Welsh language courses - knowing what matters to people and why they want to speak Welsh.

– Efa Gruffudd Jones, Chief Executive of the National Centre for Learning Welsh

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Science centre celebrates 30th Birthday

Science centre 'Techniquest' is celebrating its 30th birthday.

It has more than 120 exhibits focusing on science, technology, engineering and maths.

Over recent years there has been a lot of focus on increasing engagement in these subjects.

Watch Megan Boot'sreport:

What we are about is encouraging the young engineers to come forward and encourage people to learn more

– Lesley Kirkpatrick, CEO
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