Promote the acquisition of skills and competences in maths

EU-Programme: Erasmus+, KA2, Strategic Partnerships for School Education
Coordination: Aspire education (United Kingdom)

Duration: October 2019 – September 2021


Numeracy and basic maths are key foundations for further learning and are a gateway to employment and social inclusion. Nevertheless, across the EU, 22 % of 15-year-olds underachieve in mathematics. Among pupils with low socioeconomic status, this is a worrying 36.6 %.

Families from the more disadvantaged social groups generally tend to collaborate less with schools. Specifically, those parents who live in urban environments, with low incomes and are immigrants or ethnic minorities are those who face greater barriers to collaboration. Family learning is an effective way of providing adults with the skills and knowledge to support their children’s education. NGOs and other social partners supporting disadvantage families can play also a key role facilitating the work with these families through Family Learning methods, strengthening their participation and engagement with the school system. Additionally, the influence of new technologies on children’s mathematical competences should be explore, so as to ensure appropriate methods to exploit the potential of such technologies for new forms of learning (EC/2018).

The aim of FAMILIES COUNT project is to promote the acquisition of skills and competences in Maths through innovative Family Learning teaching methods based on Digital Tools addressed to disadvantaged families. To do so, six organizations, including school authorities, entities supporting unprivileged families and experts in family learning and digital-based pedagogies from five countries will work together to equip family learning practitioners, tutors and headteacher with the necessary skills and innovative digital tools to support students and parents from disadvantaged families to acquire and improve their competencies in maths.

The project will use European frameworks and instruments, like EQF, Europass and School Education Gateway, to boost transparency and recognition of learning outcomes on Family Learning for Maths at School. FAMILIES COUNT will also strengthen the collaboration between schools, families and their surrounding communities, and will count with the support of a network of key stakeholders at local, regional, national and European level involved in the project.

Project Nº 2019-1-UK01-KA201-062073

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.