What is the issue?
Low levels of numeracy are a long-term problem for the UK.
1. Numeracy skills have got worse, not better
Proportion of working age adults in England with skills levels equivalent to GCSE "C" grade or above
2. High numeracy is connected to better...
3. The UK risks becoming less competitive internationally
The scale and cost of the issue
The causal chain of poor numeracy
At school, children are often not prepared for using maths in everyday life
Of 15-16 year olds doing GCSE maths in the UK…
24% of 16-24 year olds achieving A*-C grade at GCSE reach the equivalent level in the Skills for Life assessment.
1 in 4 adults in the UK believe school maths did not prepare them well for maths in everyday life.
Among those aged 24+ numeracy skills decline with age
But too few people take steps to improve their numeracy.