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Free Maths Stuff For Schools: We get an A+; BLUNKETT PRAISE.

EDUCATION Secretary David Blunkett yesterday gave the Free Maths Stuff For Schools campaign a big A-plus.

"The Mirror is doing an excellent job for schools, and everyone involved in helping in promoting Maths Year 2000 deserves praise," he said as he joined schoolchildren swotting in the aisles of a London super-market to launch Asda's Big Sum campaign.

"This Government recognises the need to raise the profile of maths with children and parents, and the Big Sum will make Maths Year 2000 an enjoyable and successful learning experience for schoolchildren."

And Mr Blunkett happily showed off his own maths skills. Introducing his guide dog Lucy to pupils from Granard School, Roehampton, he said: "She's 49 in human years. As you know, that's 7x7."

For three weeks Asda's 233 stores are offering thousands of primary-school children the chance to turn their local supermarket into a classroom.

They go on maths trails in the stores and get to grips with weights and measures.

Deputy head Glynis Cobb said: "They are having a really good time. " And pupil Jake Mamo, nine, handing Mr Blunkett a collage of Lucy from the school, said: "I've learned lots of things. It's great fun."

Schools which complete the Asda Big Sum will get extra vouchers for Free Maths Stuff For Schools. Yesterday maths teacher Chris Wilson spotted the McVitie's Token Tardis and went in to grab vouchers worth 12,000 points. Putney MP Tony Colman picked up 10,000.

The inflatable Token Tardis is touring selected stores for a week, helping teachers to boost their school's token collection.

ASDA are doubling Free Maths Stuff tokens with packs of McVitie's biscuits and cakes, KP Skips and Hula Hoops, and Mini Cheddars, Frisps and Discos.

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Title Annotation:Features
Author:Miller, Ian
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 18, 2000
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