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The Big Number Natter is back for National Numeracy Day 2023!

11 Apr 2023

Love it or loathe it, everyone has something to say about maths.  

Following the success of last year’s campaign, The Big Number Natter is back, and this year it’s set to be even bigger! 

National Numeracy Day takes place on 17 May and throughout the entire month, The Big Number Natter will see people across the UK taking a first step to improving numeracy by talking about numbers and how they make them feel.  

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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.

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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

National Numeracy Ambassadors Rachel Riley, Katya Jones and Iona Bain will be kicking things off with their very own ‘Making Maths Work for Women and Girls’ Big Number Natter, while other Ambassadors joining in online include financial educator Timi Merriman-Johnson – AKA Mr MoneyJar – and 2020 Great British Bake Off winner Peter Sawkins. 

Look out for more big names to be announced soon… 

Katya Jones, World Champion Dancer, Strictly Come Dancing pro and National Numeracy Ambassador, said: “I do not have a maths degree, but I know that numbers play a big part in all of our lives. Whether you’re looking for a bargain at the shops, trying to understand a household bill or even choreographing a dance routine. So I’d love to show that anyone can improve their numeracy confidence. Big Number Natter is a great way to open up about how we really feel about everyday maths and take that first step.” 


So this May, join celebrities and experts on social media by sharing your own number stories using #BigNumberNatter.  

Or join the thousands of people holding their own number natter sessions across the UK, by hosting your own conversation at school, college, work or in your community.    

Get started with your Number Natter

Visit the National Numeracy Day webpage for free resources to get started and have a go at the National Numeracy Challenge to check your numeracy and start improving in just 10 minutes.  

Or find out more about The Big Number Natter and how you can get involved as an individual or with your organisation. 
National Numeracy Day is brought to you by independent charity National Numeracy, Founding Supporter KPMG and a group of pioneering Lead Supporter and Lead Delivery Partner organisations who are dedicated to improving the nation’s numeracy confidence and skills.  

Sign up to get involved! 

For schools and organisations signing up, there are free digital toolkits bursting with fun activities and resources for National Numeracy Day, including a guide and assets to support your own Big Number Natter online, in the workplace, or in your community.   

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