News: February 2016

#iwill: Student Volunteering Week 2016

1 impassioned student volunteer + 2 pupils lacking confidence in maths x 30 minutes per week playing games = fun with maths and improved employability for both volunteers and children.

With national Student Volunteering Week approaching, National Number Partners is delighted to launch our first two schemes with university student volunteers linking University of Wolverhampton with Loxdale Primary and at Queen Mary University with Stebon Primary near our Tower Hamlets EBP HQ in East London.


We’re building on the great work that our partners Leicestershire Cares do with Loughborough University and Ablaze Bristol do with UWE in order to engage more student volunteers nationally as Number Partners in their local primary schools.

We think students make great Number Partners, bringing their own passion and reflections on their subject choices and career choices to the table, thereby raising primary school pupils’ aspirations towards higher education and beyond.

#wewill build a world where all children have the confidence to say ‘I love maths!’

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10 years of Number Partners in Leicestershire

Happy 10th birthday to Number Partners in Leicestershire!

Ravenhurst Primary Pupils with volunteers from Everards Brewery

Run by the business charity Leicestershire Cares in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, Number Partners has seen hundreds of volunteers from dozens of businesses volunteer with thousands of young pupils, helping boost their confidence with numeracy through playing maths games.

To mark the milestone of its first decade, a birthday cake was made for the lunchtime maths games session at Ravenhurst Primary in Braunstone Town with volunteers from Everards Brewery, one of the first firms to sign up to Number Partners back in 2006.

Says one pupil: “It’s fun. You learn to see the patterns in numbers, and at a time in the future you will know what to do.”

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The real impact of “one size fits all” on education

In light of Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw’s recent critique of the ‘one size fits all’ education system that fails to prepare young people for the world of work, Becky Feetham, Senior Project Manager at Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership who has been managing and observing Number Partners for several years, asks whether primary maths education is really preparing pupils for life.

Read her thoughts: