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Our Impact: Number Confidence Week 2021

13 Dec 2021

The impact report for the second  Number Confidence Week details how this year's campaign helped the nation feel more comfortable and confident with everyday maths.

National Numeracy, together with  the Number Confidence Week Founding Partner TP ICAP and Lead Partners  Experian and Santander, want to empower adults and children to  build their number confidence because we know it is the first vital step to improving numeracy skills.

The cover of Number Confidence Week 2021 impact report

That’s why we are thrilled that in  just the second year of this ground-breaking campaign, the number of actions people have taken towards feeling more comfortable and confident with everyday maths is almost double that of last year’s inaugural campaign, with 40,062 actions towards building confidence with numbers.

Sam Sims, Chief Executive of National Numeracy said: "Feeling confident about numbers can make a world of difference to our lives. Improved numeracy is key to opening up opportunities and creating brighter individual lives and is vital to the nation’s ability to thrive in the face of challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

"It is therefore crucial that greater attention is paid to improving confidence as a stepping-stone to improving skills. Doing so could help open up access to learning, as well as opportunities to progress in to work, or at work, for millions of people."

Nicolas Breteau, Group Chief Executive, TP ICAP said:
"We know that numeracy is crucial in today’s world, not only for the success of our industry but also in enabling individuals to make better choices for their finances and careers. Our research has shown that low confidence with numbers remains a significant barrier for many, and often holds talented individuals back from considering a career in financial services. It’s important that we change that, which is why we became a founding partner of Number Confidence Week."

Read the report

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