National Numeracy to work with new adult literacy and numeracy research centre

Skills and Enterprise Minister Matthew Hancock today (8 April 2014) announced the creation of a world-leading research centre focused on improving adult literacy and numeracy.

The new Behavioural Insights Research Centre for Maths and English will be provided with a 3 year start-up grant of £2.9 million from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and will be run in partnership with the Behavioural Insights Team. The new Centre will deliver an ambitious programme of research, exploring how behavioural science can help improve adult literacy and numeracy and how this can be scaled up and applied by UK government policy makers.

Skills and Enterprise Minister Matthew Hancock said:

“We know that people with good maths and English skills are better able to secure solid employment, gain the skills employers need and help sustain economic growth. English and maths are increasingly a foundation on which all further achievement in education depends and they are critical for work and everyday life.

This new Centre will team world leading academic researchers with our best and brightest policy makers to give scientific insights into how adults best gain skills in English and Maths and the ways in which government can apply these methods to benefit the highest possible number of people to help them reach their potential.”

The Behavioural Insights Research Centre will be using our interactive learning tool the Challenge Online, as well as our existing partner network, to conduct some of their trials into best practice when upskilling in numeracy. We are excited to be part of this innovative project. It will invariably lead to valuable insights into best practice when approaching adults with low numeracy.

Read the full press release from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.