About us

About us

Good numeracy is vital to us all – and vital to the UK. Millions of adults struggle with their everyday maths skills. We want this to change – and we believe that change is possible.

We want everyone in the UK to have the numeracy that allows them to make the most of their lives. We believe that a major shift in attitudes is key to this.

National Numeracy is an independent charity established in 2012 to help raise low levels of numeracy among both adults and children and to promote the importance of everyday maths skills. We aim to challenge negative attitudes, influence public policy and promote effective approaches to improving numeracy. Where possible, we work in partnership with other organisations to achieve these aims.

We offer practical ways of helping adults and children improve their numeracy - in the community, the workplace and formal education. We work directly in schools and colleges through our trading subsidiary National Numeracy Solutions. Their specialist education team offers bespoke consultancy help to improve the teaching and learning of mathematics. It also provides advice on our policy and practical work nationally and helps with implementation.

We believe

  • Numeracy is an essential skill – and an entitlement – for everyone. The economic success of the UK and the wellbeing of people individually are dependent on it.
  • Everyone can improve their everyday maths skills. Numeracy can be learnt. Mathematical understanding is not determined at birth.
  • Improvement takes effort and application. The real key to better numeracy skills is determination and resilience. Learning can be hard work for everyone.
  • Improving numeracy needs encouragement, support and good teaching. The education system, employers and politicians all have a part to play.
  • Negative attitudes are the foremost barrier to making the UK numerate. Removing them – getting rid of mistaken beliefs and the widespread ‘rubbish at maths’ tag – is fundamental to change.