It's all adding up for DMU and city schools

Projects with primary and secondary schools across Leicester are an important part of the work done by #DMUlocal.

Around 400 university student volunteers work hundreds of hours, alongside teaching staff to provide a wide range of help in 60 city primary and secondary schools.

The Mathletics sessions alone have now helped more than 300 talented maths pupils in year six during the past three years to further improve their skills ahead of their Key Stage 2 Standard Assessment Tests (SATs).

These sessions are one of three maths-based schools projects across Leicester, with hundreds of primary schoolchildren being helped to improve their maths.

Volunteer students also put on the Playdough scheme with 260 pupils every year taking part in a maths-based investment game centred around the notion of gains and losses on the Stock Market.

Excel Yourself sees a further 70 schoolchildren in Year 5 each year come on to the DMU campus to take part in sessions designed to improve pupils’ understanding and how to operate the Excel program.

More than 100 children, aged from 9 to 16, take part in Leicester’s LEGO league on the DMU campus. Pupils design and create LEGO robots and then code and program their inventions controlling them via a tablet or laptop.

Another of #DMUlocal’s important projects is the Paired Reading scheme that sees 50 student volunteers go into 17 city primary schools once a month to help boost the reading age among those pupils.

Pupils as young as just five are also now expected to be ‘digitally literate’ after a new Government directive. #DMUlocal student volunteers work with more than 620 children every year to support teachers and show them how to code and create their own simple computer programs.

#DMUlocal also organises placements with more than 100 students going into partner schools to help teachers, and also gain the confidence themselves to be able to take lessons.

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