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Get involved with National Numeracy Day around the UK 

15 May 2023

From climbing aboard a roving maths bus to hopping on a fairground ride, there are lots of ways to get involved in National Numeracy Day events around the country this Wednesday (17 May).  

maths bus in Peterborough

National Numeracy Day is run by the independent charity National Numeracy. We work with more than a dozen local authorities across the country, helping them to improve adult numeracy in their own areas. 

Some of the events happening to mark National Numeracy Day around the UK this week include: 

  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority are a Lead Delivery Partner of National Numeracy Day and will be hosting an event for providers and Multiply partners to have an in person Big Number Natter at their Skills forum,18th May as well as their Maths Multiply bus that has been on tour across Cambridge and Peterborough making maths accessible to all! 
  • Join Stoke- On-Trent College with ‘Stoke by Numbers’ they are hosting a day of activities to support NNDay 17th May and will be using it as a springboard to launch their Multiply programme this will include an in person Big Number Natter and an ESOL session to support learners  
  • South Tyneside are engaging their community and providing activities through their Multiply partners including various programmes and provisions to make Maths fun and engaging and relevant to everyday life including cooking and ENSOL English and Maths for Speakers of other Languages  
  • Leicestershire County Council are hosting fun activities including games with the chance to win a£25 voucher at Melton Carnegie Museum 10-2pm 17th May and also at the Menphys Hub 10-3pm with fairground rides, maths competitions and prizes to be won with maths fun! Pop into City Hall 11-2pm 17th May to have a Natter about boosting your confidence with numbers. 
  • Join Gloucestershire Council between 10am – 3pm on 17th May outside the Shire Hall building in Gloucester for an opportunity to have a chat about numbers and take part in some numeracy quizzes and activities.  All welcome.  
  • The Somerset Skills and Learning team will be at the NHS Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton on 17th May where the public can drop in for a Big Number Natter and pick up a goodie bag from 11.30am - 2.30pm.  
  • Wiltshire County Council will be in the Shires shopping centre in Trowbridge on 17th May and encouraging people to take part in a Pick n Mix numeracy challenge! 
  • Bristol City Council have created an animated video of their Numeracy Champions talking about what it means to them to be a Champion which they’ll be sharing on social media, and they’re hosting a Big Number Natter for staff at the Council to join in with at lunchtime on the 17th.  

Partners pulling out the stops for National Numeracy Day 2023

Dr Nik Johnson, Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority said: “I’m a big fan of National Numeracy Day and anything which aims to demystify and take the stress out of numbers. Number confidence can make a big difference to people’s lives and National Numeracy’s free and fun resources are a great way to get into thinking positively about maths.

“The Combined Authority’s Multiply programme offers a range of maths courses, from simple things to help with your everyday life, like budgeting and helping with homework, to professional qualifications to help people’s careers and job prospects.”

Parminder Singh Garcha, SRO – Adult Education Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority said: “Building number confidence and numeracy skills for work and life is a priority in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. The Combined Authority is delighted to be supporting National Numeracy Day again this year and partnering with National Numeracy to bring national best practice to our area.  We are maximising our devolved Adult Education Budget and Multiply funding to make a lasting difference to the lives of our residents and businesses” 

Sam Sims, the Chief Executive of National Numeracy said: “Our partners are pulling out all the stops to help people in their areas feel more comfortable with numbers.  We know improving numeracy makes a real difference to people’s lives and livelihoods, so it’s exciting to see so many innovative ways for people around the country to get involved with National Numeracy Day.” 

Activities for National Numeracy Day form part of local Multiply plans

The activities all form part of the government’s Multiply programme for adults over the age of 19, without GCSE maths.  

National Numeracy is working with local authorities on a wide variety of initiatives, such as training ‘numeracy champions’ in workplaces who go on to motivate and help others around them. 

And no matter where you live, we are encouraging everyone to have a go at the National Numeracy Challenge. It’s our charity’s free website to help boost your confidence and skills.  
You can get started in 10 minutes and go at your own pace in your own space, using any device. 

Get started now 

If you are from a local authority and are interested in working with National Numeracy, please get in touch: [email protected]


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