Liverpool Counts Quality Mark



The Liverpool Counts Quality Mark (LCQM) is part of a varied programme of strategies targeted at improving maths results for the city's children. The specific remit of the Quality Mark is to tackle the negative attitudes towards numeracy and mathematics which are prevalent in many areas of our society.

Aims of LCQM:

- Promote a culture where people readily understand the impact good numeracy skills and mathematics qualifications can have on the social, financial, health and employment aspects of their lives.

- Support teachers and other adults in schools to encourage pipils to make connections in numeracy and mathematics lessons to real-life contexts.

The National Numeracy Challenge in Liverpool:

Mike Ellicock, Chief Executive of the National Numeracy Challenge, said:

"Being numerate means being able to use numbers and think mathematically, which is essential for so many aspects of everyday life and work. To anyone tempted to say 'I can't do maths', we say 'Yes, you can'. We are delighted that Liverpool sre launching the National Bumeracy Challenge city wide and we can't wait to see individuals, employers and other organisations getting involved."

More information can be found here.

Liverpool Learning Partnership

Quality Mark Criteria:

The assessment criteria are grouped under six key themes. The mathematics Champion is tasked to identify and assign relevant pieces of evidence to the criteria and through a self-assessment and best fit process, decide which award level (Bronze, Silver or Gold) they are currently working at.

Whiston Willis's hints for parents and families on improving attitudes towards Maths:

  1. Be positive about maths! Try not to say things like “Maths is hard”, "I can't help them as I am rubbish at it" or “I couldn't do maths at school”. Even if it’s true, think about the attitude you want your child to have and how they perceive maths. At Whiston Willis we encourage our children to have a ‘can do’ attitude and build up resilience.
  2. Show children how you use maths everyday and its importance in every day life! Include your child in activities involving maths such as using money, cooking and travelling - We're sure they would love to help with the weekly shopping!
  3. Praise your child for their effort! If children have an attitude of resilience and never giving up even when mistakes are made, this will give them more of a chance of achieving. Attitude is a huge barrier to learning!

Sites to support you at home:

Our website includes lots of fun and interactive games for your child(ren) to play as well as a guide in supporting you with the following:

  • Key learning objectives for each year
  • Interactive games
  • Newsletters on each class page which show the area of mathematics your child is currently learning

Why not encourage your child to complete the following maths problems:

BBC Bitesize Maths or

Top Marks

Doorway online

ICT Games


Family Toolkit






Contact the school

Call and speak to either

Mrs Joyce Jones

on 0151 477 8270

Whiston Willis Community

Primary School, Milton Avenue

Prescot, L35 2XY

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