Last week (15th May) was National Numeracy Day , a campaign set up to widen the discussion about poor numeracy in the UK and to promote the message that ‘everyone is a numbers person’.
National Numeracy exists to help people across the UK grow in confidence and competence in numeracy. The charity was set up because data showed that more than half the working-age population has the numeracy level expected of a primary school child and estimates indicate that poor numeracy costs the UK economy £20 billion each year. These are worrying statistics BUT there is hope!
It is never too late to improve your numeracy skills, whatever your age or background. National Numeracy is working with individuals, employers and schools to support people improve their numeracy skills in a variety of projects and resources.
One of their great resources is the National Numeracy Challenge , which is a free online training tool that helps people improve their numeracy skills at their own pace. Why not give it a try if you think you’re not a numbers person? Or if you know someone who says this, tell them about the National Numeracy Challenge. It could change their life!
If you want to find out more about what National Numeracy does check out episode 5 of the podcast I co-host, Maths Appeal, where we interview Mike Ellicock the CEO of National Numeracy. You can listen and subscribe on iTunes, Spotify or SoundCloud.
Here are some of the National Numeracy Ambassadors sharing why they believe everyone is a numbers person. Spread the word!
Martin Lewis (Money Saving Expert)