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Celebrity line-up announced for The Big Number Natter on National Numeracy Day

11 May 2022

TV stars Rachel Riley, Bobby Seagull and Katya Jones, Bake Off’s Peter Sawkins and Lottie Bedlow and rappers Harry Baker and Shuffle T are among the famous faces taking part in The Big Number Natter on 18 May, National Numeracy Day.

The celebrities are kicking off the first ever nation nationwide conversation about numbers, talking about how they feel about numbers in a bid to get Brits more comfortable chatting about the maths we all need in everyday life. 

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What is The Big Number Natter?

Big Number Natter celebrity lineup

Ending the 'bad at maths boast'

From budgeting, to job opportunities and helping with kids’ homework, number confidence and skills are vital. But people in the UK rarely talk about the topic, or when they do, they boast about being bad at maths. With just one week to go until National Numeracy Day, a fantastic line-up of celebrities, experts and influencers are here to help change that!

Line-up announced

Other names confirmed to get the nation nattering about numbers include: the Deaf Chef who will be nattering in Sign Supported English, top maths teachers Tom Rocks Maths and Susan Okereke, Skills Minister Alex Burghart, finance influencers Mr MoneyJar, Jordan Green, Emmanuel Asuquo, Charlotte Jessop and The Humble Penny, Lord Sugar’s business partner Amani Zubair, the Dyscalculia Network’s Peter Cherry and Professor Nira Chamberlain OBE.

Watch out for some more very special names coming to the line-up soon!

Where to watch

You’ll be able to watch the celebrity Big Number Natters on 18 May, on the celebrities’ own social media channels and via the National Numeracy social media feeds – so start following us now on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok and LinkedIn and keep an eye out for the hashtag #BigNumberNatter.

Get involved!

Why not record your own Big Number Natter and tell us how you feel about numbers? What’s the story behind your lucky number? How did you feel about maths at school? Have you got a number tip or trick to share? We’d love to know! Just use #BigNumberNatter on your posts.

We have loads of free resources to help you get started on our National Numeracy Day website. Whether it's quick conversation starters and helpful video examples, simple step-by-step sessions for the workplace or social media filters, we have something to help you get number nattering.  Love it or loathe it, everyone has something to say when it comes to maths!

Bobby Seagull, TV presenter, maths teacher and National Numeracy Ambassador said: “I know people from all walks of life who feel a bit scared when it comes to numbers, from famous faces to parents at my school and fellow fans at West Ham. But everyone can feel more confident with maths. So, this National Numeracy Day, please join me and my fellow Ambassadors and friends in having a Big Number Natter.” 

More for you on National Numeracy Day

The Big Number Natter is part of National Numeracy Day – which is the only day dedicated to celebrating everyday maths. This year we have a huge programme of free activities, events and resources for children and adults. You can get involved in a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ Official Attempt, enter a competition with £6,000 worth of numeracy goodies to be won, and lots more besides. 


Try the National Numeracy Challenge

However you feel about maths, you’re not alone. The National Numeracy Challenge is a free and easy-to-use website you can use to improve your confidence with numbers, in your own time and at your own pace.

It’s ideal for brushing up, checking your level, or for catching up on learning you missed, and it’s all about the maths you need in daily life and at work – no algebra or trigonometry.

Image showing the Challenge on a computer monitor