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Leicester Project Summary

The project in Leicester City involved the Family Learning team working with a local community health voluntary organisation, Community Health Learning Foundation. Leicester is a highly multicultural city; both groups involved learners who have English as a second language. The first group were from an inner-city school in an area of great deprivation and the second group were drawn from LASS (Leicestershire AIDS Support Services), an independent voluntary organisation who provides services for people affected by HIV/AIDS.

Our mission was to use free apps and on-line resources to engage families in aspects of their health and fitness, embedding numeracy throughout. Together we explored lifestyle choices, diet, exercise and budgeting. Both groups went on supermarket trips, assessing the relative value of foodstuffs (nutritional content and price) and planning low cost, high value meals for their families. We included on-line safety and how to monitor and regulate children’s use of the internet.


For learners

  • Learners greatly improved their knowledge and understanding of healthy eating. They learned the importance of controlling their portion sizes and eating ‘five-a-day’. As a result, their family’s nutrition and diet improved as they embedded their newfound knowledge into their daily cooking.
  • Learners were pleased with the progress that they made in their maths and gained confidence in their numeracy skills. Some of the parents and carers began doing more maths activities with their children at home and the apps that the tutors had shown them were particularly helpful in keeping them engaged and interested in these. The use of technology was popular with learners and they noted how much they had enjoyed using the tablets.
  • Learners were keen to continue learning and expressed particular interest in doing further numeracy courses to gain further confidence in supporting their children’s learning. Those who had English as an additional language were keen to progress onto ESOL courses and some parents and carers wanted to do further health programmes.

For tutors

  • The pilot gave tutors the opportunity to develop their professional practice through the integration of digital technology. They were able to explore and experience the ways in which it can enrich the learning experience.
  • To build on this success, Leicester Adult Skills and Learning Service (LASALS) is planning to run some CPD courses in the autumn to encourage teaching staff across the organisation to use tablets and other technologies more regularly.

For community partners and pilot organisations

  • LASALS’s reported that its working relationships with both Community Health Learning Foundation and Leicester Aids Support Service have been strengthened and they were looking forward to working with both of these partners in the future.
  • It is anticipated that the CPD course for tutors will embed the use of digital technology across their organisation and improve their future provision for learners.

Case Study

Leicester Adult Skills and Learning Service

Leicester Adult Skills and Learning Service (LASALS) wanted to reach out to communities in deprived areas in Leicester with low levels of education and poor health outcomes. The aim of their pilot was to improve families’ proficiency in numeracy and to address health inequalities in Leicester. Their family numeracy programme was called ‘healthy numbers’ and embedded maths activities into various health topics.


General resources for family maths

Price Compare Game

Estimating the cost of everyday supermarket items using internet access to check Useful for groups with entry level maths / ESOL groups

How physical activity impacts on our health

Calculation activity using daily activities as prompt Complex, tests wide ranging skills at entry level

Calorific values chart

Resources chart for above


Skilled for Health resources (Health and Wellbeing) Topic 1 Healthy Food and Drink

Supermarket Sweep

Activity for supermarket visit Useful for groups with entry level maths / ESOL groups

Health Numbers Trip

Calculating steps using a pedometer Useful for groups with entry level maths / ESOL groups

Portion Size Part A

Useful for groups with entry level maths / ESOL groups

Portion Size Part B

Useful for groups with entry level maths / ESOL groups


Maths technology resources

Useful Apps

List of free apps used Useful for groups with entry level maths / ESOL groups and groups with little or no IT skills. Some had no smart phone, other had only ever texted


Healthy eating resources

Food Diary Record Sheet

Good home time joint activity. Useful for groups with entry level maths / ESOL groups

Food Groups Gap Fill

Useful for groups with entry level maths / ESOL groups: used as a starting point to establish a glossary, necessary to the course


Safety online


LASS resources