Maths - Going mental
Falkirk Council has become the first Scottish authority to strike up a partnership with the creators of an award-winning worldwide maths resource.
3P Learning is responsible for Mathletics, which is used by more than three million students and 8,000 schools worldwide.
The online resource won first place for innovative digital content in the prestigious BETT Awards for 2009. It includes a "game engine" which allows students from around the globe to compete live against each other in answering mental arithmetic questions.
3P Learning also organises World Maths Day, billed as the world's largest education event. Some 1.9 million students from 195 countries took part in the 2009 competition.
Falkirk Council education director Julia Swan said: "This partnership will enable us to effectively develop the numeracy strand for Curriculum for Excellence, using what is a very innovative and effective approach to engaging young people in maths."