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In a presentation ceremony hosted by Collyer’s Principal, Sally Bromley, students received certificates for successfully passing the Collyer’s Certificate in Financial Maths. The students took the course to improve their understanding and application of mathematics to real life situations.

Joel Hofmann, maths teacher and course creator, was delighted: “This has been a really useful and practical course for our students. It has taught them important life skills and helped them to see how maths can be used in the real world. Several students have already told me how the course has helped them to manage their finances and prepare for life after college.”

The Collyer’s Certificate in Financial Maths covers a range of important and relevant topics involving real world mathematics. Learners studied topics such as calculating Tax and National Insurance contributions – vital for any students considering running a business or being self-employed later in life. They also learnt how mortgage repayments were calculated, what expenses are involved in renting a property and how to determine which savings account would be best for their needs. Students also learnt how to manage their financial health, what factors should be considered when thinking about a loan or finance plan and how to budget money whether they are at University or in employment.

Hannah Page, Head of Maths, said: “Making links between what the mathematics students are learning and the practical applications in the world around us has always been a key principle in our teaching, and this course has helped us to make these connections even clearer.”

The course ran over six weeks and, at the end, students had to provide a portfolio of work and sit a timed exam to demonstrate their understanding of the topics covered. Each of the problems in the portfolio and questions in the exam were set around real life situations similar to those the students may themselves meet later in life, such as a working family trying to budget for a holiday while managing their other expenses.

Maths teacher, Rob Ettridge, said: “This course has been an excellent addition to the wide range of maths programmes that we are able to offer here at Collyer’s.”

Collyer’s Principal, Sally Bromley, was extremely proud: “We have an excellent mathematics department and these talented students, and their teachers, have worked really hard to be successful. Congratulations to everyone involved and a particular thank-you to Joel Hoffman for his hard work in organising this valuable course.”

Picture: Students and teachers celebrated the success with Collyer’s Principal Sally Bromley (centre).

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