We’re excited to be working in partnership with Somerset Council (SC), delivering the new DfE government funded numeracy programme, Multiply. We’re now inviting learning and community organisations across Somerset to apply for Multiply funding for Year 2 of the project, running until 31 March 2024.
What does this mean?
We want the funding to help people improve their ability to understand and use maths in daily life, home, and work. This could range from understanding household finances, helping children with homework, to making more sense of the facts in the media and improving numeracy skills specific to a line of work. This could look like first step outreach and workshops, to short courses and even qualifications. Applications are welcomed from organisations who support adults, families, job seekers and those in work looking to improve their job opportunities.
How does it work?
You do not need to be maths teachers. We’re keen for you to build maths skills into what you’re already doing, supporting your learners through workshops and courses that work alongside your service. Maths really is all around us:
- Wellbeing – dealing with anxiety or measuring progress in wellbeing and healthy living
- Money/debt support – managing finances, making money go further, budget planning
- Cooking – healthy living through timing, weighing, measuring, fractions, ratios
- Arts, crafts and creating – budgeting for a project/supplies, photography through ratios, art through shape and space, measures
- Employability – managing time in the workplace, scheduling, data reporting and ratios
- Gardening – scaling up and down quantities when planning. Understanding depth and width, growing food using area and perimeter
- Families – school holiday play activities, food on a budget, using story books to support numeracy
The opportunities are endless, so if you have an idea and want to run it past us before applying, do get in touch!
Tracey Mortimore, Multiply Delivery Manager at SS&L says,
“We believe passionately that every adult should have the numeracy skills they need to thrive in life. If you feel anxious at the thought of maths, you are not alone. Almost half of us don’t have the numeracy skills we need, and maths anxiety can make us fear tackling our difficulties. We want to build confidence with supportive, relaxed courses that break down those barriers and see learners on their way to success.”
How do you apply for funding?
The fund is now open for projects planning delivery from July 2023. The closing date for this round is Friday 16 June 2023 at 5pm.
Multiply Project funding is subject to OFSTED and all delivery must be evidenced in accordance with adult education principles. Confirmation of all relevant teaching and learning policies, including safeguarding and Prevent, will be required.
If you’d like an application pack to apply for funding or have any questions, please contact Tracey Mortimore via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you!