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National Numeracy's impact in 2022

9 Feb 2023

Our new Impact In Focus report reveals the positive change that National Numeracy's work brought about in 2022.

In these challenging times, we saw more people than ever before access our tools, services, campaigns and resources.

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Cover the National Numeracy 2022 impact report, featuring real-life learners

Urgent need for number know-how

There is no doubt that 2022 was a breakthrough year for impact at our charity. And it comes at a time when number know-how is essential to navigating life's challenges. 

During our 10th Anniversary year, we broke the one million engagements barrier for the first time, launched the first ever nationwide conversation about numbers and saw a five-fold increase in impact for our flagship National Numeracy campaign.

Vital statistics

  • 1,068,080 engagements with people in our work in 2022 – a 28% increase on last year
  • 459,742 actions towards improving numeracy inspired by National Numeracy Day 2022
  • 2,200 pupils at 17 schools took part in our Parental Engagement Programme
  • 60% increase in social media engagement
  • 4,813 National Numeracy Day champion organisations, of which 3,820 are schools and education providers
  • 300 million+ reached via 350 media mentions,

Compelling case for building confidence with numbers 

From families feeling the cost-of-living crisis and businesses searching for skilled staff, to communities recovering from the pandemic, the advantages of being confident with numbers could not have been more compelling than in 2022.

Our work seeks to drive social mobility through a clear focus on building number confidence and skills among those in greatest need. 

It's our mission to empower children and adults in the UK to get on with numbers so they can fulfil their potential at work, home and school. Our work improves how people understand and work with numbers in everyday life, sparking better opportunities and brighter futures

Last year, as our report shows, this mission was more vital than ever as nation turned to its number skills to decipher rising costs and manage growing pressure on income. 

National Numeracy's unprecedented level of impact

Sam Sim, chief executive of National Numeracy said: "For National Numeracy, 2022 was a breakthrough year for impact. In May our award-winning campaign, National Numeracy Day, saw a five-fold increase in impact on 2021, inspiring almost half a million actions towards improving numeracy. It was a standout year for the campaign, and for numeracy in public discourse."

Mr Sims added: "We are enormously proud to have supported so many during such a challenging year, particularly those in disadvantaged communities where the need is greatest. This unprecedented level of impact was made possible by our pioneering supporters and partners. A heartfelt thank you to those organisations and individuals who have enabled our vital work."

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Work with us

Please get in touch if your business or organisation would like to find out more about working with us: [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