As election campaigning continues, National Numeracy has restated its priorities for improving low levels of numeracy and shifting negative attitudes to maths. Our manifesto, published last September, set out seven recommendations for change:
- A new drive to spread the message that maths is a vital life skill that can be learnt
- Every teacher to become a teacher of numeracy
- A new measure of numeracy proficiency at 14
- An additional qualification in core maths or numeracy to sit alongside GCSE maths
- A new adult numeracy core curriculum drawing on our ‘essentials of numeracy’
- New forms of adult assessment to measure actual improvement
- More behavioural research into how both children and adults can improve their numeracy.
Today chief executive Mike Ellicock said: “We hope to work with whoever is in power after the election - and whoever else shares our priorities - to tackle the massive challenge of low numeracy and to begin to see real change.
“In particular we need to challenge negative attitudes that assume that maths is a ‘can do’ or ‘can’t do’ subject. It is not. Everyone can – with effort and persistence – learn the maths they need for everyday life and work. And it is vital that we all become numerate; international research from the OECD has shown that good numeracy is the best protection against unemployment, low wages and poor health.”
The component parts of numeracy, essential in order to be think mathematically in everyday life, are mapped out in the 'Essentials of Numeracy for All'. The model was devised by National Numeracy, with help from an external expert group, and underpins our approach to the teaching and learning of numeracy for adults and children.