NATIONAL NUMERACY CHALLENGE
AIM: To reduce the number of adults in the UK with low levels of numeracy by over 1 million in the next five years.
By numeracy we mean ‘everyday maths’; the maths that helps people to make decisions in day-to-day adult life and work. Without a reasonable level of numeracy, people may not be able to manage their money through to pay-day, plan journeys or understand interest rates, medical information or promotional offers.
What is the issue?
- The Skills for Life Survey (2011) found that 17 million people of working age in England had, at best, the numeracy skills expected of children by the end of primary school. Over 8 million of these adults had the skills expected of 7-9 year-olds or younger – see more figures.
- In the recent OECD report, England was ranked at 21 out of 24 developed countries for low numeracy and Essential Skills levels amongst young adults (aged 16-24) - see more details.
- Our opinion poll suggests that millions of people in the UK want to improve their maths skills and many feel they were badly prepared at school for the numeracy they need in everyday life.
What is the Challenge?
- The Challenge is a UK wide drive designed to improve adults' confidence and competence with numeracy.
- This drive is a call to: employers, colleges, outreach and community organisations, and individuals to - with our support - improve their numeracy using methods that suit them.
- The Challenge also aims to transform negative attitudes towards maths and numeracy and to create a positive “can do” attitude.
- The initiative was announced at a reception at the House of Lords in October 2012.
- Full launch is planned for March 2014. This will be the call to the UK to 'take the Challenge'.
The Challenge Online
- Central to the National Numeracy Challenge is the Challenge Online which is an interactive website designed to boost confidence and improve everyday maths skills.
- The Challenge Online includes the 'Challenge Check-Up', which confidentially assesses the participant's numeracy, establishes the overall level they are working at and which areas need some improvement.
- A target level is set and the participant is guided towards appropriate learning resources. When they feel ready, the participant retakes the Challenge Check-Up to see if they have reached their target. If not, they can carry on learning and take the Check-Up again, or continue their learning elsewhere
- The Challenge Online Journey:
- The Challenge Online is built upon an educational model developed by National Numeracy and entitled 'The Essentials of Numeracy for All'.
- The Challenge Online was piloted in 54 partner organisations in workplace, education, community and outreach settings. Approximately 1,500 participants took part between June and August 2013. Read the summary of the pilot report here.
- Based on the feedback from the pilot, the Challenge team has been refining and developing the Challenge Online to ensure that it meets the needs of the people who will benefit from it the most.
- The Challenge Online was taken off-line on Friday 29 November so that the new version can be prepared to be made available.
- Open access to the Challenge Online will be offered from December 2013. This will provide the chance to preview the new Challenge Online before the UK-wide launch in March 2014. If you would like to be informed of when the new version is available for advance preview, please contact email@example.com.
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