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What is the multiply programme?

Good numeracy skills can unlock job opportunities and lead to higher wages or help you to prepare for further study. They can also help in everyday life, such as when you are asked to help children with homework or need to budget your household finances. 

CALAT will be offering a wide range of maths based courses, developed around real world situations, to defeat your maths demons and give your confidence around numbers a boost. 

The London Multiply programme, launched at the end of 2022, aims to support thousands of Londoners aged 19+ with no or low numeracy qualifications to access essential numeracy skills training for free.

The London Multiply programme will work with employers, community organisations, and local partners to support Londoners build the numeracy skills needed for work and everyday life.

If you’re aged 19 and over and have lived in the UK for at least the last 3 years, you can access free numeracy courses through Multiply to build your confidence with numbers and gain relevant skills for your personal and professional development.

Courses on offer:

Course Start date / Time / Duration Location
Mastering Spreadsheets 05/06/24 - 6.30-8.30pm - 6 weeks Clocktower
Maths made easy for teaching Assistants (Multiply) 04/03/24 - 7-9pm - 10 weeks Online
Preparing for Functional Skills 15/04/24 - 10-12pm - 11 weeks New Addington
Course Start date / Time / Duration Location
Money Matters 13/09 - 10-12pm - 5 weeks Strand House
Mastering Spreadsheets 01/11 - 6.30-8.30pm - 6 weeks Clocktower
Maths made easy for teaching Assistants (Multiply) 11/09 - 7-9pm - 12 weeks Online
Skills & Tools for Studying Online (Multiply) 26/07 - 10-12pm - 2 weeks In class / online
Skills & Tools for Studying Online (Multiply) 22/08 - 10-12pm - 2 weeks In class / online
  • EXCEL essentials: Short Excel course including introduction and use of mathematical functions (e.g., sum, sorting values, time/date formats, graphs) as well as other useful tips and shortcuts.
  • Support your children with maths: This course is aimed at London residents who want to be confident supporting their children with their maths homework, this course will also build their skills to help them become more number confident.
  • Maths exam preparation: Aimed at those intending to sit a GCSE or functional skills (L1/L2) Maths exam. The focus will be on exam technique including, understanding the language of maths exams, number fluency, efficient use of calculators & dissecting questions into step-by-step processes. Learners already on functional skills maths courses welcome but not essential.
  • Preparing for Functional skills: Perfect for those wishing to improve their math’s skills without the pressure of a formal examination at the end of the course.  This is great for those who have had a break from formal learning and are looking to upskill and progress in their life or career.  At the end of the course, learners will be advised about opportunities to continue developing their math’s skills and the suitable next steps, including working towards functional skills or GCSE qualifications.

    If you need any more information, please fill in the form at the bottom of this page, selecting ‘Preparing for Functional Skills’ from the course list.

  • Introduction to Google Sheets and Calendar (Multiply): Learn how to use both of these free to use applications in a concise, 3 week course. Find out how to create and customise spreadsheets. Manage your time with an online calendar and personalise it to make it work for you. A great introduction to spreadsheets in general for both personal and office use.
  • Money Matters: With so many transactions taking place electronically these days it can be difficult to keep track of spending and, with the cost of living crisis it is even more important to have a good understanding of budgeting your personal finances. On this course you will learn to familiarise with language used on household bills, identifying what really is a ‘best buy’ as well as practical number skills associated with home improvements and DIY. And if your lucky numbers ever do come up in the lottery, you can explore the huge opportunities of what to do with the money in a planned, thought out way, with maybe some small indulgences along the way.
  • Mastering Spreadsheets: Spreadsheets play a significant role in our daily lives, both at work and in our personal finances. However, many of us may not be harnessing their full potential. If you’re a London resident with basic computer skills and some knowledge of spreadsheets, this course is designed to help you become a spreadsheet pro while focusing on practical, real-world applications. Whether you’re using Excel or Google Sheets, our aim is to take you from a novice to a confident user.

    On this course, you’ll discover how spreadsheets can be your best friend when it comes to managing your home budget, making it easier to track expenses and plan your financial future. We’ll cover essential functions like sum, product, and sort, which are key to organizing your data. Additionally, we’ll explore how to create visually engaging graphs that turn numbers into meaningful visual representations.

    Our teaching approach revolves around real-life examples and scenarios. We encourage you to bring your own questions and challenges to the table. By doing so, you’ll find that your learning experience is not just theoretical but deeply relatable to your everyday life. The skills you acquire in this course will boost your confidence and effectiveness, whether you’re managing your personal spreadsheets or enhancing your workplace productivity to advance your career.

  • Maths made easy for Teaching Assistants (Multiply): A course designed to make you a more effective teaching assistant by focusing on how and when children are being taught particular maths topics at school, particularly at Key Stage 1 and 2. By looking at the methods and language of maths being used in schools, it is ideal for those who are less confident in their own maths skills and want to improve. By the end of the course learners will be able to better support children and teachers at school while equipping themselves for the next stage in their own maths learning. 
  • Skills & Tools for Studying Online (Multiply): So, you have found the perfect course for you, but it’s online and you don’t have the confidence or computer skills to join. This course will introduce you to some of the key software applications you need to be familiar with and help you to get the most out of your learning.

    You will discover different ways of joining Zoom meetings and how to utilise its features including screen share, annotate and chat. Using Google applications you can access your emails, manage your files, and plan your days with the Calendar app. You will learn how to communicate with your tutor and classmates using Google Classroom as well as accessing and returning homework.

    The 4 lessons alternate between being taught in a classroom (1st and 3rd lesson) and online (2nd and 4th lesson). This gives you the chance to put your learning into practice, with the opportunity to discuss any issues, while gaining the confidence to use structured, logical thinking to problem solve future challenges.

Multiply courses can help you to:

  • Improve your confidence
  • Manage your money
  • Strengthen skills in the workplace
  • Upskill to access better job opportunities
  • Gain a maths qualification if you don’t have one
  • Support your children while improving your own skills
  • Access maths if you’ve found it hard to access before
  • For more information on Multiply, please see the GOV website here.

To be eligible you must:

  • Have the right to live and work in UK
  • Be aged 19+
  • Live in London
  • Have evidence of 3 years of residency in the UK

Dates and locations:

There are multiple options on offer:

  • Start dates throughout the year
  • Different venues across the borough, as well as online
  • Course duration from 2 hour taster sessions to full term courses
  • At times to suit you – daytime, evening and weekends

How do I get on a Multiply maths course?

You can use the form below to either enrol on a course, or be contacted by us about our Multiply courses.

Multiply Enrolment Form

You can also attend one of our enrolment sessions held at either Croydon Clocktower or Strand House in Thornton Heath on the below dates:

Strand House

  • Thursday 31 August 2023 12.30 -3pm

Croydon Clocktower

  • Monday 4 September 2023 – 9.30am – 12.00pm
  • Wednesday 6 September 2023 9.30am – 3pm
  • Thursday 7 September 2023 9.30am – 3pm

We will provide you with advice and guidance in relation to the courses you may wish to do.

Please bring either your UK birth certificate, UK/EU passport or your Indefinite Leave to Remain Resident Permit.