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Insights into children, maths and education

Categories: Children Peer Mentoring

It is a universal human trait to want to give up when things get hard. Not surprisingly, there are plenty of mantras written to inspire us through these times. Mantra 1: When the going gets tough, the tough get going. This one is well-meaning, but actually not very helpful. It divides the world into the … Continued

October 15th by Maggie Steel

Peer Mentoring: a catalyst for personal growth The FunKey Maths Peer Mentoring programme trains Year 5 students (age 9-10) to work with children in Year 2 (age 6-7) who have started to struggle in maths. The highly structured programme helps the younger children build their confidence and develop their maths skills. The programme started in … Continued

May 30th by Maggie Steel

The FunKey Maths Peer Mentoring Programme is an intervention which pairs trained Year 5 children with Year 2s who are below age related expectations in maths. The Year 5s work with the Year 2s through a structured programme of maths activities, which develops both self-confidence and number skills. It is the culmination of years of … Continued

May 28th by Maggie Steel

When I was the mother of two small girls I heard a grannie on the radio. She had a compelling tone – wise and warm mother-earth – so I listened intently. I remember her stark warning: “Never rush a child.” She talked about the importance of going at the pace of the child. I cringed … Continued

May 13th by Maggie Steel
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