College homework club helping families learn maths together

Run by Dundee and Angus College, the Multiply Project is currently supporting around fifty families.

A new college homework club has launched to help parents and children learn maths together.

Dundee and Angus College’s Multiply Project hosts classes for families who hope to better understand the subject and solve mathematical problems.

The club has supported over 50 families of secondary school children.

Kirsty Paterson from the Multiply Project told STV News: “There are two tutors in the classroom and small family groups of five or six.

“The children bring along their school maths homework or the work they’re doing in class and they get support, with their parents engaging at all times along the journey with the tutors as well.”

Kirsty Paterson from the Multiply Project supporting families.

Second year pupil Alfie Elder was finding maths wasn’t adding up for him.

He’s one person benefitting alongside his mother Claire.

Claire said: “Alfie’s got stuff that he’ll come home with and the way he’s taught now is never the way I was taught, and then for him to try and explain it to me; he’d become frustrated, I’d become frustrated.

“So, when this initiative was offered to us, it was a way for Kirsty to chat to me about how to then explain it to Alfie in a way that he’d understand, and I’d understand as well. So, it worked out well.”

Alfie added: “It was quite good because I had a test coming up and it helped me revise.

“I got good marks which put me up a maths class so I’m quite happy with that.”

The Multiply Project is funded through the UK government’s ambitious Levelling Up agenda.

Kirsty added: “The feedback has been tremendous. So, we started the two pilots in October last year, and as I say, real positive feedback.

“We’ve actually got 70 people on a waiting list waiting to come to the club.”

New eight week-long sessions are launching in the coming weeks in Carnoustie and Arbroath.

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