Liverpool Counts Quality Mark


This year, Dovedale Primary School is working towards the 'Liverpool Counts' Numeracy for Life Quality Mark and we want EVERYONE in our school community to be involved: children, parents and carers, governors, teachers, LSA's, office staff, lunch time supervisory assistants, cleaning and maintenance staff and visitors!


Our aim is to raise the profile of mathematics throughout the school and the wider school family!

The quality mark has been developed by Liverpool Learning Partnership and School Improvement Liverpool to promote positive attitudes to mathematics and numeracy as an essential life skill.


The Liverpool Counts Quality Mark is part of a varied programme of strategies targeted at improving maths results for the city’s children. The specific remit of the Quality Mark is to tackle the negative attitudes which are prevalent in many areas of our society towards numeracy and mathematics. We aim to challenge these widely held views and promote a culture where people readily understand the impact good numeracy skills and mathematics qualifications can have on the social, financial, health and employment aspects of their lives.


 Challenging negative attitudes towards numeracy and mathematics


“We strongly believe that the key to improving outcomes – educational, social and work related – for our young people is to focus on and challenge poor and negative attitudes towards numeracy and mathematics in schools, at home, in local communities and in the media.”


National Numeracy Challenge


“Good numeracy is the best protection against unemployment, low wages and poor health”.


Andreas Schleicher – Education Director OECD

“We firmly believe that if we tackle the ‘can’t do maths’ culture in our schools and communities with a challenging, consistent and persistent approach, we will improve the educational and employment outcomes for the young people of Liverpool “.


Judith Lang and Dave Carden – Liverpool Counts


The agreed priorities of Liverpool Counts are as follows:


  • To raise standards in mathematics and numeracy with fun and joy of number at the heart of all aspects of the strategy
  • To challenge perceptions and change attitudes towards number and mathematics
  • To raise the profile of numeracy through a range of activities, events and resources with an emphasis on the application to real life contexts
  • To bring relevance to numeracy through problem solving set in local contexts
  • To enhance the delivery of the new national curriculum at all key stages and the early years foundation stage
  • To secure a shared understanding between the phases of education with an agreed common mathematical language and transition projects
  • To promote the use of technology to engage learners
  • To involve parents and the local business and cultural communities
  • To creating a sustainable legacy of a love of numbers


Top tips for parents and families:


Be positive about maths. Don’t say things like, “I can’t do maths” or “I hated maths at school”; your child might start to think like that themselves.

Point out the maths in everyday life. Include your child in activities involving maths such as using money, cooking and travelling.


Praise your child for effort rather than talent – this shows them that by working hard they can always improve.


We want YOU, parents and carers, to share how you use maths in your everyday lives. We would love you to come into one of our classrooms to talk about how you use maths in your job or hobby with the children and their teachers.

We want our children to make strong links between maths and real life situations.

So, if you can spare some time to come and ‘talk’ maths, leave your name and contact number with the school office.

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