NATS up for award for its maths programme

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A MENTORING programme to improve mathematics in youngsters has been shortlisted for an award.

Pupils aged 14 to 16 from King Richard School in Portsmouth took part in the scheme developed by Swanwick-based NATS.

The air traffic management company has been shortlisted as a finalist in the ‘community Service/Development Project 2013 category in the International Project Management Association Achievement Awards for the programme.

Volunteer mentors from NATS have been helping students achieve higher grades in GCSE Maths for the last five years by helping in trouble areas such as trigonometry, equations and factors.

Richard Scott, NATS maths mentor project manager, said: ‘It has been a rewarding experience and it’s been good to do something different. I have to say my mental arithmetic skills have also improved.

‘We’ve had a lot of thanks from the students and teaching staff too. It’s an honour to be shortlisted for this award.’