News: February 2015

In the spotlight: Lloyd’s of London and Globe Primary School

Globe Primary School in Tower Hamlets has been taking part in Number Partners for many years, supported by a committed group of volunteers from the Lloyd’s of London Insurance Market.

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At the beginning of this term they provided brand new games for the children they work with. Read the full story in the East London Advertiser to find out what the verdict was!

The new games were purchased from The Maths Zone.

Number Partners Featured in Japanese Press

The reputation of the National Number Partners scheme is spreading far and wide – even to Japan – where it has recently featured in a daily newspaper. Miyazaki Nichinichi Shimbun is published on the island of Kyushu. One of its journalists, Yurie Baba, had heard about the success of Number Partners and contacted Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership with a request to interview Primary Programme Manager, Becky Feetham, as part of a series of articles the paper has featured on child poverty in Japan. Becky said: “She came with a translator and asked lots about Number Partners and our other volunteer schemes too – how it works, how we recruit and train volunteers, how we grew the scheme to a national level. She also sought advice on how they could set it up in Japan.”


The article has now been published, and describes what Number Partners seeks to do and how it works for business volunteers. It also mentions the contribution the scheme makes to improved confidence and success with numeracy. We now wait to hear news of our first Number Partner scheme in the Land of the Rising Sun!

If you’ve recently started taking part in Number Partners, please contact us at and let us know how you’re getting on.

Bring A Colleague Week

If you’re looking for a way of increasing volunteer involvement in your Number Partner scheme, why not hold a ‘Bring A Colleague’ week? This is an opportunity to inspire other staff members to visit your partner school and see first-hand what being a Number Partner is all about.

How it works

– Coordinators ask their current volunteers to nominate a colleague to join them for one session – check with your school coordinator that they can accommodate extra adults on this occasion.

– As this is a one-off opportunity, visiting colleagues will not require a DBS check. We do suggest asking new volunteers to register, so you can provide a list of names for the school in advance.

– Visitors will work in pairs with current volunteers, so you will not need to involve more pupils at this stage. You can use the usual games or resources from the Number Partners – Bring A Colleague Pack.

– We do not expect the event to create lots of additional work for school staff, but it would be beneficial if the school coordinator could meet the volunteers on the day and talk briefly about the impact, and progress students make throughout the year.

– After the event, volunteer coordinators should ensure that any new recruits complete training and receive full DBS clearance before committing to volunteer on regular basis.