NEWS AND UPDATES

Dr Els De Geest joins the team

We are delighted to announce that Dr Els De Geest, BA, BSc (Hon), PGCE, PhD (mathematics education) has joined National Numeracy. She will be working as Strategic Programmes Manager for National Numeracy, and supporting colleagues with evidence gathering, monitoring, evaluation and research for our activities, as well as contributing to product development.

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What happened when MPs took a maths exam

The Royal Statistical Society has recently tested a sample of MPs' understanding of simple stats and the results were - well - revealing.

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Events Calendar

At National Numeracy we are constantly looking for avenues where we can spread the message of our campaign to to allow every person in the UK to possess a level of numeracy that allows them to meet their full potential. Here is the latest list of 2014 events that National Numeracy is represented at.

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Lewisham Libraries support the National Numeracy Challenge

Lewisham Libraries support the National Numeracy Challenge

National Numeracy are delighted to be working with Lewisham Libraries to explore how the National Numeracy Challenge can work best in a library setting. On Wednesday 25th June we spent a hugely successful day with the team at Catford Library and representatives from Community Education Lewisham promoting the Challenge Online to staff and to the public.

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25 organisations launch landmark bid to end education inequality

National Numeracy are proud to be part of The Fair Education Alliance – a coalition committed to closing the achievement gap between young people from our poorest communities and their wealthier peers.

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National Numeracy launches Challenge Champions

National Numeracy launches Challenge Champions: a new volunteering initiative to help improve the UK’s everyday maths skills.

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Community Health and Learning Foundation Launches Policy Document

Today the Community Health and Learning Foundation (CHLF) has launched a policy document in order that policy makers and opinion formers understand that “Health literacy is a pivotal feature in the complex links between health inequalities, income and skills and is critical to inclusive growth for local and national policy as the economy moves out of the recession” With a foreword from the Co-Chairs of the UK Health Literacy Group, the report defines Health Literacy, explains the scale of the problem, the economic implications, and what needs to change.

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Primary pupils to learn about world of work

People from all walks of life are being asked to talk to primary pupils about their jobs and to explain how lessons, like maths, relate to their future careers. Primary Futures has been developed by school leaders' union NAHT in partnership with the Education and Employers charity. The scheme aims to send up to 100,000 people, "from apprentices to chief executives", into schools in England to talk about their jobs.

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Maths mistakes by major supermarkets highlighted by Guardian readers

Guardian Witness, is currently asking its users to send in examples of retailers who have committed pricing and offer howlers, revealing some startling examples of innumeracy in the workplace – ‘Daft Deals: When Retailers Get Their Sums Wrong’.

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National Numeracy to work with new adult literacy and numeracy research centre

Skills and Enterprise Minister Matthew Hancock today (8 April 2014) announced the creation of a world-leading research centre focused on improving adult literacy and numeracy.

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