25 March 2020 11:01
Former Countdown star Carol Vorderman is offering free maths lessons to help parents homeschool their children during the coronavirus lockdown. Carol, 59, helps children and parents learn sums through video tutorials and interactive games. It usually costs £2 a week - but the Pride of Britain TV personality is offering her help for free to parents who are teaching their children at home during lockdown. The Maths Factor, set up by Carol in 2010, was forced to upgrade its servers to cope with a surge in visitors to the site. Sign up to FREE email alerts from Daily Record - daily Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email Carol Vorderman is the latest celebrity to offer her skills for the benefit of parents as the nation goes into lockdown.
The legendary Countdown co-host announced last night she will be making her online maths school free for the duration of the period youngsters are off school during the coronavirus crisis. The 59-year-old, who presented the channel 4 game show for 26 years, usually charges £2 each week for the Maths Factor internet courses, which provide maths lessons and games for wee ones aged four - 12. Appearing on Good Morning Britain today from self-isolation at home, she told hosts Piers Morgan and Lorraine Kelly that she'd felt compelled to do her bit to help with home schooling as Prime Minister Boris Johnson orders UK citizens to stay at home unless they need to go out for essential work or supplies. Carol said in her statement via twitter: "My maths school is usually about £2 a week. I want to help so it's now FREE for children age 4-11 until schools open.
The 59-year-old star appeared on Good Morning Britain to reveal how she is doing her bit for the people during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates Carol appeared on Good Morning Britain earlier today The former Countdown favourite revealed that she was going to launch a "maths school for grown ups" on YouTube next week. Piers suggestively asked: "Now you're talking, are you going to wear a mathematical uniform for this? "One of the ones adults might enjoy, you know Carol?" Keeping her composure, Carol quipped later in the chat: "I'll tell you what I am not going to do, Piers, which is probably what you would like me to do, it's teach you how to write 'boobs' on a calculator." Piers continued to be cheeky, replying that he will still "definitely" be tuning in to Carol's classes. Piers cheekily asked if she'd be wearing a uniform that 'adults would enjoy' The brainbox was on the show to discuss her maths tutorial website for children, The Maths Factor, which has lifted its paywall while children are off school.
She told Piers and his co-host Lorraine Kelly: "We have made it free for all children in primary school for as long as it takes, until they can go back to school. "With all the books and things I have ever done, this is the thing that I am the most proud of - just doing four sessions with Auntie Carol a week, that takes about 15 minutes, a child will advance two and a half years in one year." Carol and Piers enjoyed a playful chat Credit: ITV CORONAVIRUS CRISIS - BE IN THE KNOW Don't miss the latest news and figures - and essential advice for you and your family. To receive The Sun's Coronavirus newsletter in your inbox every tea time, sign up here. To follow us on Facebook, simply 'Like' our Coronavirus page. 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Sign up to FREE email alerts from Wales Online - daily Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email Numbers whizz Carol Vorderman has offered free maths help to children who are off school due to the coronavirus outbreak. It comes as schools across the country close for the majority of students, except for those of key workers, such as NHS staff. The Countdown star has told parents that when it comes to maths she doesn't want any child to fall behind. To help, the 59-year-old has made her maths school, which is usually £2 per week, free to children and parents who want to use it. Created in 2010, The Maths Factor aims to unlock every child's confidence in maths, Posting the news on Twitter, Carol wrote: "My maths school is usually about £2 a week. "I want to help so it's now FREE for children age 4-11 Grinning face with smiling eyes until schools open. While a statement on the service's website reads: "Following the Government's decision to implement widespread school closures across the UK to minimise the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). "We will be making The Maths Factor FREE for everyone (usually about £2 per week) to support childrens' continued learning at home for the duration of the UK Schools closure period. We want to help you and your child as much as we can." It comes after Joe Wicks, more commonly known as The Body Coach, announced he would be hosting live PE lessons on his YouTube every day to keep kids fit and healthy. The first class saw 800,000 families across the globe take part. Sign up to FREE email alerts from NorthWalesLive - daily Subscribe Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Invalid Email Carol Vorderman jokingly refused to teach Piers Morgan how to spell boobs on a calculator on live TV this morning. It comes after she revealed yesterday that her online maths tutoring service the Maths Factor would be accessible to parents and carers for free until further notice. The 59-year-old appeared on Good Morning Britain earlier today to discuss her decision to help families across the country who are now left homeschooling children - after the government encouraged schools to shut to all students, except for children of 'key workers.' Carol, who grew up in Prestatyn, appeared via live link on the ITV breakfast show from her home in Bristol - where she is currently on 'lockdown' with her family. Introducing the 59-year-old, Piers Morgan explained that she was attempting to provide much-welcomed assistance to parents and carers who may be struggling with maths tutoring - which he said was a "great idea." The former Countdown star however explained that "this isn't just an idea" as she's been running the Maths Factor for 10 years - backed by the "marvelous" educational company Pearson, who bought the product a few years ago. Describing the website, Carol said it was a "one-stop shop" that had taught around 100,000 children over the years - often significantly improving their maths abilities and moving them up a grade. She said that, in light of the ongoing coronavirus situation, she had agreed with Pearson to "disable the pay wall," making the service "free for all children in primary school until they can go back to school." It means parents will be able to access the Maths Factor without the usual £2 a week subscription for the foreseeable future and can provide welcomed support as they continue to teach children in their own homes. ITV host Lorraine Kelly, who is co-hosting with Piers Morgan at the moment, praised the service as giving families structure - which she suggested was particularly important during these uncertain times. "That's exactly what we do," responded Carol," but please bear with us as we're experiencing server issues at the moment. The University of Cambridge graduate added that the Maths Factor is "the thing [she's] most proud" of because it's been proven that "just doing four sessions with Aunty Carol a week" will advance a child two and a half years in just a twelve month period. During the segment, Carol was also asked about how she's coping with the current social distancing introduced by the Government to tackle the spread of coronavirus. Carol further revealed that she has ambitions to speak to YouTube about setting up a "live streaming maths school for grownups" next week - a concept which seemed to peak the interest of ITV host Piers who admittedly was "quite excited." The outspoken journalist questioned: "Will you wear a maths uniform? Laughing as she spoke, Carol said: "I tell you what I'm not going to do is teach you how to write boobs on a calculator."