Maths Centre of Excellence Will Support Region’s Maths Skills

City College Plymouth’s new Maths Centre of Excellence was unveiled to a group of stakeholders from across the City on Thursday 31 January.

The College was named as one of just 21 general further education colleges in the country to receive Government funding to become a Maths Centre of Excellence. The launch gave representatives from education and business the chance to discuss plans for improving the City’s maths skills and addressing current and future skills gaps.

Councillor Peter Smith, Deputy Leader of Plymouth City Council unveiled a plaque to mark the official opening of the Centre.

Peter said: “I was delighted to be asked to open City College Plymouth’s Maths Centre of Excellence. From listening to the plans for the coming year, and speaking to the College’s dedicated staff I am sure this space will help to make great strides in ensuring both young people and adults have the fundamental numeracy skills they need to succeed. This Centre will certainly benefit the South West, helping to keep skilled workers in the region and re-skill those who wish to progress in their careers.”

Over 450 students sit their Maths GCSEs at the College each year. Students who study GCSEs do so for a number of reasons: to retake and gain better grades in order to progress to higher level study or into employment; to develop their career; and for interest as part of a lifelong learning programme.

Nadia McCusker, Director of Quality Improvement and English and Maths at City College Plymouth, said: “This is good news for those looking to improve their maths skills in the region. The Centre will be a way for us to provide our students with even more exciting and innovative teaching and learning.

“Our lecturers are real experts in their field, making learning engaging and relevant to our students. Their innovative methods of teaching and the way they build our students’ confidence resulted in Maths GCSE students gaining an impressive 99% pass rate.”

If you would like to improve your GCSE Maths grade to increase your employment prospects, access better career options or simply help your children with their homework, then give the College a call on 01752 305300 or visit www.cityplym.ac.uk/maths.