Liverpool Counts Quality Mark


Challenging negative attitudes towards numeracy and mathematics

“We strongly believe that the key to improving outcomes – educational, social and work related  – for our young people is to focus on and challenge poor and negative attitudes towards numeracy and mathematics in schools, at home, in local communities and in the media.”

National Numeracy Challenge

“Good numeracy is the best protection against unemployment, low wages and poor health”.

Andreas Schleicher – Education Director OECD

“We firmly believe that if we tackle the ‘can’t do maths’ culture in our schools and communities with a challenging, consistent and persistent approach, we will improve the educational and employment outcomes for the young people of Liverpool “.

Judith Lang and Dave Carden – Liverpool Counts

Background / Introduction

The Liverpool Counts Quality Mark 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 which are prevalent in many areas of our society towards numeracy and mathematics. We aim to challenge these widely held views and 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.

We also aim to support teachers and other adults in our schools to encourage pupils to make connections in their numeracy and mathematics lessons to real life contexts and with other areas of their school experiences.

Quality Mark criteria

The assessment criteria are grouped under six key themes. The Champions are 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.

Whilst the LCQM criteria have been designed to support all schools, it is important that your self-evaluation is set in the context of your own school. You will need to apply and interpret the criteria in the context of your own setting.

During the visit, the external assessor will be able to review the evidence with the Champion and an award will be agreed.

LCQM Tool Kit for 2020

We are now offering those schools which have not as yet participated in the Quality Mark the opportunity to introduce and develop the ideas and ethos of the LCQM through the Tool Kit by having access to

· our Assessment Criteria Booklet which clearly exemplifies the progression from Bronze to Gold award

· The LLP password protected website offering support through resources and materials which we have used for our training sessions

The LCQM Tool Kit costs £100 +VAT.

If schools wish to consider having their work assessed by the LCQM Team then a further £500 +VAT plus travel expenses will be charged. This cost includes

· A school visit by the assessor

· A written report detailing strengths and areas for development

· An LCQM glass plaque and a certificate

· Support from your assessor

If you would like to use the LCQM Tool Kit in your school then please complete the agreement form and send it Liverpool Learning Partnership FAO Nicola Alexander at