We know that gaining number confidence is the first step to gaining the number skills that help in everyday life, for getting into work, managing money, or helping children with their learning. We also know that many people have low number confidence and experience stress, anxiety or fear when working with numbers.
It's understandable, but it can be overcome. Number Confidence Week empowered people and helped them feel better equipped to navigate this extraordinary time, providing positive, practical and empowering solutions that made sense. As you can read in the impact report:
- 22,000 people took action towards building their confidence with numbers
- 2,000 views of our Number Confidence Week videos on YouTube
- 1,100 downloads of our Number Confidence Week resources
Our campaign content was tailored specifically for those who have low number confidence, inspiring and encouraging them to take action and start to feel better about understanding and working with numbers.
Half the working-age population of the UK (49%) has the numeracy level expected of a primary school child. Struggling with numbers can make people more vulnerable to debt, unemployment, poor health and fraud, and impacts mental health and opportunities – all exacerbated by the Covid-19 crisis.
But having the belief that you can improve your skills is the biggest indicator that your numeracy skills will improve. So, number confidence is that first, crucial step.
With TP ICAP we tackled one of the persistent challenges of number confidence; that the experience is more prevalent in women than men. With Santander we supported parents, carers and teachers to help children feel confident and ready to learn. Our work with Experian helped people with tips on how to manage their money. And with KPMG we supported social mobility with learning about numbers in the news.
Sam Sims, chief executive of National Numeracy said:
Amid this turbulent time, number confidence is more important than ever, With unemployment rising, numeracy can help people get into work or change careers. National Numeracy is passionate about helping people to get on with numbers so they can get on in life. We are dedicated to creating positive change through the transformational power of numeracy, in partnership with committed organisations.
Nicolas Breteau, chief executive of TP ICAP Group said:
Together with National Numeracy and its partners, it’s fantastic to see how this inaugural event helped people from all backgrounds build their belief, change their view of numbers, and broaden their horizons.
All of the content from Number Confidence Week is available on the Number Confidence Week page, and you can also see some highlights in the video below.