My 3 kids were fighting to get on the computer last night to do Maths. I think its brilliant - they even missed X-factor to do Maths!
4to12maths Mathsathon Launch
Education and maths the key to children’s future
- Irish website 4to12maths.com aims to improve maths skills for 4-12 year olds.
- Running School ‘Mathathon’ from 27th February 2012 to 5th April 2012.
- Prize fund of €3,000 with School and Class prizes.
- Vital for our economy that as a nation we improve at maths
- “All our teachers that are using it are really positive. It’s fantastic.” Ms. Aisling Geary, Teacher, St. Paul’s National School Dooradoyle.
Launched in 2011 in response to falling standards of maths in Ireland and the small percentage of Irish students now taking higher level maths in the Leaving
Certificate (only 16%), 4to12maths.com aims to improve early performance in maths for 4 to 12 year olds.
The aim is that early intervention should have a big impact on student’s understanding and later maths performance.
As part of 4to12maths.com’s on-going efforts it is running the 4to12maths ‘Mathathon’ from 27th February 2012 to 5th April 2012.
John J. Hogan, CEO of 4to12maths.com said “We wanted to provide a safe, online environment within which children could practice and improve their maths skills. We felt that a competition would provide teachers with an excellent opportunity to motivate their pupils and engage with maths in a positive and meaningful way”
“We decided that whilst the greater prize for teachers, parents and pupils is an improvement in maths standards we needed to have a prize fund that was meaningful, especially in these tougher budgetary times for schools.”
“We were not surprised that the opportunity to improve maths standards along with a €3,000 prize has generated such a wide interest from schools across Ireland”
By spending as little as one hour a week on the website, 4 to 12 year old children can greatly improve their maths skills, while parents and teachers can keep track of their exact progress and level, or even use the site themselves to refresh their skills and ability when working with children.
“We are delighted that the 4to12maths ‘Mathathon’ will give so many students the opportunity to practice their maths for this hour a week” concludes Hogan.
Designed for both the classroom and the home, 4to12maths.com is the only website which follows the Irish National curriculum. Once children log-on to the website, depending on their age / class, they can concentrate on specific areas of the curriculum which they might be weaker at. Equally, children who are excelling can move ahead and be further challenged.
The Irish website also enables parents and teachers to set “Awards”, which makes the training tool fun, motivating and rewarding for kids to use in their free time.
John J. Hogan, CEO of 4to12maths.com said, “It is vital that a child grasps the core mathematical building blocks from the start of primary school or they will play catch-up on a continual basis throughout their further education and research has shown that if children are engaged in maths and enjoy it from an early age, their standards improve greatly.
“We therefore developed 4to12maths.com to do exactly that and to empower parents, like ourselves, with the tools they need to greatly improve their children’s exam performance and skills. 4to12maths.com is unique in that it’s an educational tool that is tightly aligned to the Irish curriculum, gives regular reports on a child’s performance and is also fun and engaging for children with “Awards” and “Learning Focus.
“We wanted to make our website accessible to everyone and therefore deliberately kept the cost of 4to12maths as low as possible and have made it free to schools for the current academic year. For parents, at just €9.99 a month, an annual subscription is no more than what you might pay for 4 maths grinds for your child in later life”, concludes Hogan.
Research has shown that an improved standard of maths in Ireland will ultimately improve the country’s future economic prospects given the importance of the subject in a range of careers that school leavers are now being geared towards.
- In the 2011 Leaving Certificate, less than 16% of the 51,991 students took the higher level maths paper. 10% of students failed maths at ordinary level, a total of 4,367 students failed maths across all levels.
- An OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) which assesses the achievement of 15-year-old students in reading literacy, mathematical literacy and scientific literacy found that Ireland had dropped from 20th in 2003 to 26th (out of 34) in 2009.
- After health, education is seen by parents as the most important thing for their children. Education is seen as the key to our children’s future.
- Ireland has the third highest proportion of maths, science and computer graduates in the 20-29 age cohort in the EU. Even at this we need more and with a greater emphasis being placed on a national basis for employment in the ‘knowledge economy’, the importance of maths and by extension quality graduates with advanced maths skills will become more important.
- Almost half of sixth-year secondary school students are taking grinds, according to a new report from the Economic and Social Research Institute. The ESRI study found a higher incidence of grinds in pupils from wealthier backgrounds, and that Maths was the most common grind subject, followed by French and then Irish.
- Research carried out in the UK by the Centre for Research on the Wider Benefits of Learning concludes that, of all subjects, performance in maths in early years carries a large weight in predicting future attainment. 
- An International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS) carried out in 1995 indicates that over 43% of Irish adults between the ages of 16 and 64 are categorised as having level 1 & level 2 literacy levels. To be in level 3 a person would, for example, be able to make an inference and then perform a single numerical operation (e.g. add or subtract).
Quotes from users
“All our teachers that are using it are really positive. It’s fantastic.” Ms. Aisling Geary, Teacher, St. Paul’s National School Dooradoyle.
“My 3 kids were fighting to get on the computer last night to do Maths. I think its brilliant - they even missed X-factor to do Maths!” a user in the Westmeath.
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 State Examinations Commission, 2011 Leaving Certificate Examination results
 Source: Eurostat Yearbook 2010
 ESRI Report: From Leaving Certificate to Leaving School: A Longitudinal Study of Sixth Year Students, 20/9/2011