Group of pupils leads maths programme

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NINETEEN pupils at a Paulsgrove school have become Portsmouth’s first ‘numeracy coaches’ aiming to help people with poor maths skills.

The Year 10 students at King Richard School are also the city’s first to do an online National Numeracy Challenge, which is designed to improve the poor public image of maths.

The school’s head of maths Matt Gill said: ‘Being numerate means being able to use numbers and think mathematically, which is essential for so many aspects of everyday life and work.

‘The pupils involved in the process have worked hard to become the city’s first ever national numeracy coaches.

‘It’s exciting to see how the pupils will take this forward and coach their friends and family within the community.’

The school’s headteacher Gareth Hughes said he was proud of 
the students.

He said: ‘I’m delighted that we have been able to support the national numeracy challenge and play our part in improving the numeracy skills of young and old.’

The challenge aims to cut the number of adults with low numeracy by more than a million over the next five years through working with employers, colleges, 
community organisations and individuals.