Maths pupils given welcome boost by local business

November 10, 2020

Maths students at a Derbyshire school have been given a helping hand by an East Midlands firm to assist them with remote working should they need to self-isolate due to Covid-19.

Pupils from The Long Eaton School, in Thoresby Road, Long Eaton now have free access to MyMaths, an online mathematics learning platform, thanks to a donation from Hardstaff Barriers, in Kingston on Soar.

The software, which offers interactive virtual lessons and resources, was provided free of charge when schools were closed at the start of the pandemic. But when pupils returned this summer, access to the website became chargeable once again.

MyMaths provides consistent curriculum learning for students, whether they are in the classroom or at home during a period of self-isolation or if the school is closed again in the future as a result of Covid-19.

Stephen Oakley, Head of Maths, at The Long Eaton School, said: “We are very grateful to Hardstaff Barriers. During the lockdown period, Mymaths was provided free of charge and it was invaluable at the time. With this funding, we have been able to continue to offer the package to our pupils to use for online homework, and to help provide work for pupils or classes that have had to self-isolate due to Covid-19.”

Dave Todd, Executive Director of Hardstaff Barriers, said: “Hardstaff has a strong commitment to the local community, so it is a real pleasure to support this local school in this way. 

“Maths is an incredibly important subject and it’s critical that pupils can learn consistently, regardless of whether they are in the classroom or at home.”

Hardstaff Barriers is a leading manufacturer and supplier of roadside safety barriers and perimeter security systems.

The company is part of Hill and Smith Holdings, an international group, which is committed to supporting local communities by delivering economic benefits, partnering with schools, sponsoring local sports clubs and recruiting locally.

National competition underway to improve maths skills during Maths Week England

Prizes to be awarded to winners in each category

To celebrate Maths Week England, from 9th to the 14th November, students from across the country are taking part in a national maths competition, the M-Fluencer Maths Week Quest.

Open for schools with students from any year group, this competition will help boost student engagement, improve attainment and help maintain maths performance in schools during Covid-19 bubble closures, as well as winning prizes for their school.

Participants will be tasked with completing a series of online maths challenges, with each challenge adding to the school’s total score. Amazon vouchers will be awarded to the top 10 schools and digital certificates will be awarded to students who achieve over 150 points.

All learning activities included in the competition are aligned to the national curriculum, supporting a national commitment to raising standards.

The competition, run by maths resource provider Mangahigh, is open to all schools across England, both existing users and non-users. Once registered for the competition, schools can also access Mangahigh’s maths resource free of charge.

Mohit Midha, CEO and co-founder of Mangahigh, said:

“Each student from early years to upper secondary school age can take part free of charge. The maths activities on Mangahigh are designed in a fun ‘game’ format to really engage the students and encourage them to return for more, while developing their conceptual knowledge of key maths topics.”

For full prize details and to register for entry free of charge, teachers and schools should visit: