National Numeracy Day

Are you a numbers person?

Try the following pop quiz first.

It’s the SATs next week so this might not be on your radar if you are a Y6 teacher but it is National Numeracy Day on the 16th May.

This is the first ever National Numeracy Day and it is intended to be a yearly celebration of the importance of numbers in everyday life and will bring together individuals, employers, educators and influencers to improve numeracy. It is run by the UK charity National Numeracy.

Many of us say we’re not numbers people. But numbers play a big part in all our lives. National Numeracy Day is all about recognising this and helping people sharpen their skills and build their confidence. Being better with numbers isn’t a special talent, it’s something we can all learn.

Did you know that 1 in 2 working-age people in the UK struggle with numbers? I’m supporting National Numeracy Day, 16th May, to help more people feel confident with numbers and improve their skills. Find out more here #numberspeople

National Numeracy Day is important for schools and so you are encouraged to sign-up and take part.

Attitudes towards numbers have been negative for far too long, but with your help, we can change that. We want to help make people feel confident and recognise the value and presence of numbers in everyday life.

Have you got the essentials of numeracy? Take the following challenge to find out and hopefully you won’t have a mega mind melt.


Read also Bobby Seagull’s excellent article for the Financial Times about why we need to promote ‘urban maths’ – the essential financial literacy skills needed to survive.

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