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Creative maths comes to schools thanks to co-op fund

Trisha Lee, founder and artistic director of MakeBelieve Arts: "It is vital to breathe life into maths to show students of all ages that numeracy is fun and really does connect with our everyday lives".

With the curtain set to rise on a new school year, MakeBelieve Arts is celebrating a grant from Britannia, part of The Co-operative Financial Services (CFS), to fund its new creative mathematics programme for schools.

The donation of almost £20,000, from the financial mutual’s charitable foundation, will enable the London based theatre and education company to develop four new programmes for each key stage of the national curriculum.

Making maths creative, fun and engaging, the programmes - including giants and recycling, centipedes and farming - will reach almost 3,000 primary and secondary school students across Lewisham, Southwark and Tower Hamlets during 2010/11.

Trisha Lee, founder and Artistic Director of MakeBelieve Arts - and a Cabinet Office appointed Social Enterprise Ambassador - said: “We are thrilled with the support from Britannia.

“Our unique approach to creative mathematics brings energy and excitement into the learning process. We believe it is vital to breathe life into maths to show students of all ages that numeracy is fun and really does connect with our everyday lives.

“The funding from Britannia ensures that the work is sustainable, supports more pupils and engages them with mathematics through the use of creative approaches.”

Britannia’s charitable foundation is one way the member-owned financial services provider gives back to the communities it serves.

Elaine Clews, Britannia Foundation Manager, added: “Britannia’s charitable Foundation can make real and lasting differences in local communities.

“Inspiring young people to develop positive attitudes towards maths can have lasting benefitsand provide the building blocks for increased financial capability and good money management – skills that will serve them well in their future lives.”

For further information about Britannia’s charitable Foundation, visit any Britannia branch, go to www.britannia.co.uk or, call Elaine Clews, Britannia Foundation Manager, on 01538 391806.

For more information about MakeBelieve Arts - and its innovative theatre and education programmes to develop the creative potential of children and young people aged 2 -15, telephone 0208 691 3803, visit www.makebelievearts.co.uk or email info@makebelievearts.co.uk