Sheffield students discover maths can be useful in the real world

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Students from a Sheffield school found out how they can use maths in the workplace at workshop run by a city law firm.

The workshops were part of Irwin Mitchell’s Business in the Community ‘Business Class’ project and took place at Chaucer School in Parson Cross.

They were delivered by Karen Codling, from the firm’s Special Damages Unit, who spoke to the Year 7 students.

The students were also given the chance to practice their multiplication, addition and division skills.

Karen and her team delivered presentations to seven maths sets and said they were overwhelmed by the enthusiasm shown by students and teachers.

Gemma Butters, maths teacher said: “The most useful part of this was showing students how skills move from the classroom to a work environment.”

Karen said two of the hardest workers from each class were invited to the firm’s Sheffield offices to put their skills into practice and work with its quantum analysts - who work out complex financial losses for personal injury and insurance claims.

Karen said: “We really enjoyed being involved and it was great to see how engaged the children were when sat at a desk in a real life situation. 
She added: “This is something that we hope to deliver again next school year - maybe one day we’ll be seeing our visitors again as Quantum Analysts of the future.”