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The Bristol Evening Post’s latest education initiative aimed at getting pupils excited about maths has been praised by a government minister.

Called the Cracking Maths Challenge, the partnership between Bristol businesses, organisations and schools was launched ahead of this week’s findings of an official inquiry which described school maths as in crisis.

School teams will work together to create challenges and puzzles for publication in the Post and on a website.

Education minister Ivan Lewis said: “It appears that Bristol is leading the way.”

The Cracking Maths Challenge was the brainchild of Post deputy editor Stan Szecowka and follows English, arts and science newspaper projects, which have helped raise £180,000 of government-matched funding for Bristol’s struggling inner-city schools.

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