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Key Skills: The Application of Number, a guide from Tyneside Training and Enterprise Council and Durham University, introduces numeracy into primary and secondary classrooms through the study of real-life situations. pound;12 plus pound;1.50 postage from your local Education Business Partnership or LEA numeracy adviser. Christine Paul, Tyneside TEC, tel: 0191 491 6144.

The Numeracy File from BEAM Education is suitable for all headteachers, maths co-ordinators, teachers and classroom assistants needing support to cope with the changes ensuing from the introduction of the numeracy strategy. Written by Mike Askew and Sheila Ebbutt, it costs pound;9.50 from tel: 020 7684 3330, e-mail: info@, web: www.beam.

The Birmingham Advisory and Support Service has produced a file of photocopiable activities and worksheets entitled Moving on Up: meeting the mathematics demands of learning key stage 2-3 tansition modules, which costs pound;20 plus pound;3 postage. In addition, the early years working group within BASS's numeracy team has produced a guide entitled Using Stories as a Starting Point for Numeracy. It suggests around 20 storybooks which make an exciting starting point for teaching numeracy concepts and offers practical suggestions for lesson planning and record keeping. pound;12 plus pound;2 postage from BASS Publications, Martineau Centre, Balden Road, Birmingham B32 2EH, tel: 0121 202 8081.

Brian Tucknutt, a retired 65-year-old, has devised an elementary mathematical card game called At Home in Sunderland. It is intended for two to seven players after they have learned the multiplication tables. Each of the 52 cards is illustrated with photos of Sunderland taken by Mr Tucknutt. It costs pound;6 and is available from the Sunderland Tourist Information Centre, 50 Fawcett Street, Sunderland SR1 1RF.

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