Feeling that we “don’t get” numbers or that we’re no good at maths can mean we avoid them. But that only makes matters worse – especially where money is concerned. Knowing about numbers helps us make sense of bills, budgets, baking and big decisions.
Nearly half of all adults in the UK struggle with everyday maths which can mean it's hard to get to grips with news about the economy, difficult to get jobs or qualifications, and to support children with their learning. Low confidence with numbers can also affect well-being and have a knock-on effect on how our children feel about maths. By contrast, feeling good about using numbers can help us feel better prepared to navigate changing and challenging times.
Number Confidence Week exists to help everyone take their first steps towards numbers instead of running away from them. Doing so is only possible in a safe, supportive space. So... this November, we have created that space on the Number Confidence Week hub by providing FREE online resources for all ages. From videos and downloadable tip sheets for adults to activities for children aged four to 16, there's something for everyone!
With support from founding partner TP ICAP, as well as Experian, Capital One, the Lord Mayor’s Appeal and ambassadors like Rachel Riley, Bobby Seagull, Peter Sawkins, Harry Baker and Timi Merriman-Johnson, Number Confidence Week aims to empower you to get on with numbers so you can fulfill your potential at work, home and school.
Sam Sims, Chief Executive of National Numeracy said: “Feeling confident about numbers is a game-changer and breaking down the self-perpetuating, inter-generational cycle of negative attitudes towards maths is crucial. At National Numeracy, we are increasingly focused on supporting those with the lowest numeracy in areas of greatest need, where numeracy is an integral piece of the puzzle for social mobility. Our research shows that getting on with numbers can open up opportunities, drive productivity and prosperity, and it is within everyone’s grasp."
Highlights of the Week include:
- Not just one but TWO giveaways for a Peter Sawkins’ baking bundle or a Rachel Riley maths book and resources - check out our Instagram account for details!
- Rachel Riley wants to see your ‘maths face’! Follow our social media channels to find out how to join in.
- Download top tips on managing your money from experts including our ambassadors Iona Bain and Mr MoneyJar
- Get inspired by our Confidence Conversations videos about people who gained confidence with numbers. You can too!
- Mr MoneyJar tries out the National Numeracy Challenge...see how he gets on
- Listen to the Maths Appeal podcast presented by Bobby Seagull and Susan Okereke with a range of guests discussing everyday maths issues.
- Fellow bakers Peter Sawkins and David Atherton talk about how making maths part of activities you enjoy - like cooking - can make it fun!
- Plus, messages from our favourite poet Harry Baker, and lots more across the week!
The communities, individuals and workplaces that National Numeracy has supported over the past 10 years have shown that it IS possible to change your mindset about maths with the help of these resources. We can help turn that “I can’t,” into an “I can!"
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