At REACH we believe that Maths should be taught not just as an independent academic subject, but as a life skill and as a gateway to achievement in all subjects.
The study of Numeracy and Mathematics empowers students to become active members of society. It gives them the tools and the skills to navigate not only the world of work but also their worlds outside work. Looking after family life, their social life, understanding the numbers when it comes to the environment and the statistics that affect them from the political world.
At work, they will need Maths when giving or checking correct change, weighing and measuring, using spreadsheets and understanding data. In practical everyday activities at home and beyond like working out how many minutes until the next train or increasing a recipe to serve extra guests.
As consumers they will need to understand how to work out things like percentage discounts, checking they have received the right change or working out how much to tip in a restaurant.
Maths will help them in managing their finances by setting and keeping to a budget, understanding what interest is and understanding the financial implications of borrowing money.
Maths is in everything including health. Managing diets and calorie intake, knowing how to tell the time to aid making and keeping medical appointments or measuring medicine doses in different units.
Maths and Numeracy skills will help our students become active members of society. Understanding the world about us by making sense of statistics and graphs in the news, understanding information about government spending and thus allowing them to make truly informed choices in our democracy.
In our digital age of information Numeracy is equally as important as Literacy when preparing students for the world beyond school. In saying that, at REACH we also strive to ensure that our students are pushed towards a Maths qualification truly reflective of their ability that will give employers and colleges a glimpse at our students’ true potential.