The UK’s only nationwide conversation about numbers
The aim of The Big Number Natter is to inspire adults to open up about their feelings towards numbers, challenging stereotypes and showing how numbers are needed in everyday life.
- Because half of the UK’s working-age adults have the numeracy levels of a primary school child.
- Millions of children leave school lacking number confidence. 30% of school leavers (18-24s) feel anxious about using maths and numbers and they are the most maths-anxious adult group in the UK.
- Low numeracy makes people vulnerable to debt, unemployment, poor health and fraud, all of which have been exacerbated by the cost-of-living crisis.
How do you feel about numbers?
Whether it’s a story about school lessons, tips for bagging the best supermarket bargains, making calculations in your career or helping kids with homework, we all have a tale or two to tell about everyday maths.
Lots of people feel worried about numbers and maths, often having had a bad experience at school. And while not being able to read holds some stigma, it’s not uncommon to hear people declare: ‘I don’t do maths, but it doesn’t matter.’
However, opening up about our feelings is a great first step towards positive change. And talking about the way we feel about numbers is no different. Often, we find out others feel just the same as we do!
We'd love to hear your number tips and tricks, the story behind your lucky number, or how you use numbers at work.
Join our ambassadors by sharing your story #BigNumberNatter