Stock maths numbers images. Pictures: Pixabay.

North Lynn-based business Learning Resources has collaborated with educational professional buying organisation ESPO to deliver 360,000 free maths learning aids to UK primary schools.

The two companies delivered the rekenreks to more than 6,000 schools, including some in King’s Lynn.

A rekenrek is a hands-on maths learning aid and counting frame which helps pupils build an understanding of several early years maths concepts.

Textured beads also make it accessible to a wide range of students, including visually-impaired children.

The rekenreks will be used by children in early years foundation stage as part of a new Mastering Number programme currently underway in primary schools.

They were supplied free of charge to schools.

Dennis Blackmore, Learning Resources managing director, said: “Learning Resources is proud to support this initiative by being the supplier of these important learning aids to our schools.”

Kristian Smith, ESPO chief officer said: “Sourcing the very best products to support education is what we’ve been doing for over 40 years. It’s been a real pleasure to help bring this programme to life, directly benefitting the learning outcomes of the children.”