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Schools embrace football based workbooks

Text books based on footballing facts

Originally designed to be revision aids, the reference books are now a firm favourite in regular lessons - and are also proving to be just as popular with girls as boys.

Children are being encouraged to study maths and English via the use of a new series of text books based on footballing facts and figures.

The materials are predominantly aimed at boys who generally perform worse than girls in the Government's literacy and numeracy tests. It is hoped that presenting the children with a subject matter in which they are genuinely interested will spur them on to become more confident and to achieve higher marks. Sample English exercises include getting pupils to put the names of their favourite team's players in alphabetical order and to compose stories based on photos of matches.

Mathematics questions include references to the dimensions of pitches and dates of key victories.

Published by Letts, the books meet all the requirements of the National Curriculum and have been ordered by schools located as far away as Thailand, South Africa and Singapore. The range is are also being requested by prisons for educating adult inmates

 Originally designed to be revision aids, the reference books are now a firm favourite in regular lessons - and are also proving to be just as popular with girls as boys. 

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