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Free parents’ site expanded in bid to improve maths skills

Free parents’ site expanded in bid to improve maths skills

13 October 2011

A free website designed to help parents with their children’s learning has been expanded to cover mathematics.

Oxford Owl Maths helps parents to engage their children in learning maths by providing a range of free resources designed to bring the subject to life.

All content on the site is entirely free, and is based on the successful Oxford Owl, which was launched last year by Oxford University Press to help parents encourage their children to read at home.

The original Oxford Owl  literacy site contains tips and advice for parents, a range of word games, and more than 100 free e-books featuring characters familiar to their children. It has been well received since its launch in 2010, with millions of page views and hundreds of thousands of visitors.

The maths site comes in a bid to provide a similar offer for numeracy. Recent statistics show that more than a third of children leave UK primary schools without the expected level of maths, and it is hoped that helping parents engage their children at home will help to address the issue.

The site was created with input from authors, editors, and parents,  and provides age-specific maths advice, tips, games, and e-books in a colourful and engaging style.

Rod Theodorou, Director of Oxford Primary at Oxford University Press, said: “We’re really excited about the large amount traffic Oxford Owl has attracted.  With the addition of a range of fantastic free maths supporting advice and activities we’re strengthening our relationship with schools and parents – and taking some of the headache out of homework.“

Find out more about Oxford Owl Maths at www.oxfordowl.co.uk