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EU project promoting maths excellence in Buckinghamshire

02/12/2011 Joanna
A project to develop a joint learning Maths and Enterprise programme for pupils in Buckinghamshire is underway after delegates from Sweden and Turkey visited the county last month.

Representing regional authorities in their own countries, the delegations are set to work with Bucks New University and the Sir William Ramsay School in High Wycombe.

The project forms part of the European initiative Regio Comenius, which aims to foster lifelong learning.

Delegates were welcomed by Buckinghamshire County Council chairman Mike Colston and cabinet member for education and skills, Mike Appleyard.

"It was a pleasure to welcome the delegation to Buckinghamshire," Mr Colston said.

"The innovative work the University is doing in collaboration with the County Council is a great opportunity to promote the study of mathematics as a lifelong learning skill."

Following a two year partnership with the university and Sir William Ramsay School, the County Council's Young People Service was successful in its bids for the two Regio Comenius projects, totaling £130,000.

Project manager and delegate from Sweden, Christel Backstrom, said the group are looking forward to working in partnership as they seek to enhance children's maths education through peer assisted learning.

"We are very impressed with the way Buckinghamshire County Council is working with school improvement and we believe that there is a huge potential within the partnership for further work between our two countries," she said.

Meetings between the council and the delegates from Turkey and Sweden were the first in a series of six between the participants of the project which will take place during the next two years.

The Buckinghamshire partners are also set to visit Turkey and Sweden.

As a body of the European Union, Regio Comenius projects involve two countries working with two local partners in another country.

All involved are expected to visit each other over a two year period, holding planning meetings and visiting the respective institutions.

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