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Live events and school competition announced for National Numeracy Day

21 Apr 2021

National Numeracy is excited to announce the live events schedule for National Numeracy Day 2021 on Wednesday 19 May.

Our celebrity National Numeracy Ambassadors Strictly Come Dancing star Katya Jones, TV's Rachel Riley and Bobby Seagull, Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis, Bake Off 2020 winner Peter Sawkins and poet Harry Baker will all be supporting the day.

National Numeracy Day School Number Heroes competition

We are also delighted to invite primary school-aged pupils across the country to get involved in our School Number Heroes competition – to let their imagination run wild and win a fantastic prize for themselves and a numeracy prize pack worth £1,000 for their school, provided by National Numeracy and National Numeracy Day founding supporter KPMG, as well as a school assembly with Bobby Seagull!

National Numeracy Day 2021 aims to empower adults and children to improve their confidence and competence with numbers in three key areas of their lives: for work, supporting children and managing money.

On 19 May, you can join live events, watch celebrity videos and use loads of free resources in our hubs and join in the fun with our celebrity National Numeracy Ambassadors, all while improving your numeracy skills and confidence. Pop the date in in your diaries and start building your number confidence and skills now with the National Numeracy Challenge. 

Sam Sims, Chief Executive of National Numeracy says: “National Numeracy Day 2021 is all about empowering people to improve their number confidence and skills so they feel ready use numbers in all aspects of their everyday lives. Today we’re announcing a fantastic line-up of entertaining and educational events to help people achieve these goals.

“We’re also launching our School Numbers Heroes competition. This exciting initiative is encouraging primary school children to use their imagination and get creative with numbers. Let’s get them thinking positively about numbers, with a little help from Bobby!”

School Number Heroes competition

When you grow up, how will you use numbers in your life? That’s what we want children to create a picture of for our competition. Maybe they would love to become a vet, teacher, engineer or footballer? Or dream of spending their days dancing, baking or saving the planet? 

To take part in our School Number Heroes competition, we’d love primary-school aged children to create a picture of themselves doing their dream job or hobby and tell us how it uses numbers. To enter, you must be aged between 4 and 12 and be a UK resident. 

One winner and five runners up will be selected by National Numeracy staff and our celebrity Ambassador Bobby Seagull, the maths teacher and TV personality, soon to appear on Channel 4’s new quiz show, The Answer Trap.

“Numbers play a part in every job or hobby you can think of,” said Bobby Seagull. “So whatever the children would like to do when they grow up, they can definitely be a Number Hero! I can’t wait to see what wonderful ideas they come up with!”

The winner will receive a £50 gift voucher and certificate, and a £1,000 Number Heroes pack for their chosen primary school containing games, books and other resources to help the whole school community get confident with numbers, provided by National Numeracy and National Numeracy Day Founding Supporter KPMG. The winner’s school will also have a digital assembly by Bobby! The runners up will each receive a £20 gift voucher and certificate. 

The closing date for entering your picture is 3pm on Friday 2 June, 2021. Please visit our School Number Heroes competition web page for details of how to submit your picture and the full terms and conditions of the competition. We can’t wait to see your creative and colourful entries! 

National Numeracy Day 2021 live events schedule

Each our our four events for National Numeracy Day will be live streamed simultaneously, on the National Numeracy Day web page and on our Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Linkedin channels. No registration is required - you just watch and join in!

The events will feature a mixture of helpful hints and inspirational ideas from celebrities, experts and National Numeracy Day Heroes – real people sharing their own stories of what improving their numbers skills and confidence has meant for their lives, and in the past year, what it has meant in lockdown. 

RSVP via our Facebook and Linkedin events below and get your questions ready – the panellists for each event will be announced soon! In the meantime, join Bobby and our Ambassadors Katya Jones and Peter Sawkins for a National Numeracy Day sneak peek live event this evening, Wednesday 21 April, at 6pm on our website  or tune in to National Numeracy’s Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Linkedin channels channels. See you there!

Event schedule for 19 May

7.30am: Breakfast Club - our celebrities launch the day with activities for children 

Have breakfast with our celebrity ambassadors and find out about all the Numeracy Day activities and challenges they’ve created to get children across the UK having fun and thinking differently about numbers. 

10.30am: Work it! How to use numbers to supercharge your job search and career

Hear from celebrities, experts and workers about how boosting number confidence can help you get the job you want and get on in the job you have. 

1pm: Hated homeschool maths? How to help children love numbers (even if you don’t)

Celebrities, experts, teachers and parents share their experiences and tips on how to help your children learn to love numbers – even if you don’t feel confident about them yourself. 

2.30pm: Money and confidence: Tips to make your money go further

Celebrities, experts and real people on how building number confidence can help you get on top of your finances, change the way you spend and plan for the future. 

Are you coming?

RSVP via our Facebook or Linkedin events
to get updates and a reminder when everything kicks off. 

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