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Number Confidence Week 2023

9 Oct 2023

However you feel about numbers, you’re not alone.

Number Confidence Week is back from 6 to 10 November, with a range of fun, FREE resources to help everyone feel more confident about everyday maths.

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Number Confidence Week 6-10 November 2023

Number Confidence Week is the only UK campaign that focuses on how people feel about using numbers.

Now in its fourth year, the campaign aims to empower people to take the first step to build their number confidence.

Improving numeracy skills can bring many benefits, from managing money, getting on at work and supporting children with homework.

Being 'number confident' means being confident enough to use the maths skills we need in everyday situations. 

Number Confidence Week 2023 is supported by Founding Supporter TP ICAP as well as Lead Supporters Barclays LifeSkills, Capital One, Experian, the Lord Mayor’s Appeal and Vanquis Banking Group.

Meanwhile, National Numeracy ambassadors Timi ‘Mr MoneyJar’ Merriman-Johnson, Iona Bain, Harry Baker, Bobby Seagull, Peter Sawkins, Katya Jones and Martin Lewis will be supporting the campaign and helping us to spread the word about building confidence with numbers.

Sam Sims, Chief Executive of National Numeracy said: "Number confidence can open the door to many opportunities in life and with the ongoing cost-of-living crisis it’s vital for the nation to feel comfortable and confident with the maths we all need in our everyday lives.

"Being confident with numbers can help us feel more in control of our finances, better equipped to get into or on at work and more able to support the numeracy of the children in our care.

"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 drive productivity and prosperity and is within everyone’s reach."

Highlights of Number Confidence Week 2023 include:

  • Timi Merriman-Johnson will be hosting an Instagram Live series throughout the week, talking all things number confidence with experts and celebrity guests
  • Signed copies of best-selling author Peter James’ latest novel will be up for grabs in a prize draw – check out our Facebook page for details
  • Harry Baker will take on a series of challenges to help bust maths myths and boost the nation’s number confidence 
  • Iona Bain will be helping people to feel financially confident with new money management resources
  • We’ll be following Peter Sawkins for a ‘day in the life’ over on his Instagram page, where he’ll highlight how he uses numbers in everyday situations
  • Strictly Come Dancing’s Katya Jones shares her own experience about building confidence when learning new skills
  • Bobby Seagull will discuss our latest research as a panellist on our Number Confidence webinar
  • Read our inspiring real-life case study stories from people who’ve improved their number confidence and skills
  • Join the conversation online and in person – we’ve got a fantastic Engagement Pack to help you get the confidence conversations flowing, and you can join in on social media too using #NumberConfidenceWeek
  • We’ve got a brand-new ambassador joining us this November, helping to spread the word on number confidence – watch this space for an announcement coming soon!

To join in and get ready visit the Number Confidence Week hub to get your Campaign Toolkit and Engagement Pack.  

Follow National Numeracy on social media, and use #NumberConfidenceWeek:

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Facebook: @nationalnumeracy

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Thank you to National Numeracy's partners supporting Number Confidence Week 2023:

Founding Supporter

“Whether it is managing your personal finances, feeling equipped to help your children with their maths homework or applying for a new job, low number confidence can make these seemingly everyday tasks seem daunting. We want to change that perception, which is why we are the proud founding partner of Number Confidence Week. TP ICAP is particularly focused on helping people from all backgrounds build their number confidence levels so that they feel empowered to pursue employment opportunities in the financial services sector. This helps both advance social mobility and enable our industry to hire a more diverse range of talent, which is critical to the future success of our industry and the wider UK economy.” 

Philip Price, Executive Director, TP ICAP Group plc

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Lead Supporters

Numeracy is critical in preparing people for work. With low numeracy confidence and maths anxiety disproportionately impacting young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, the need for support is more urgent than ever. Barclays LifeSkills is thrilled to be supporting Number Confidence Week for the first time this year, and working with the charity to help people build vital confidence with numbers.” 

Kate McGoey, Head of Barclays LifeSkills

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Capital One UK is really proud to be supporting Number Confidence Week as part of our wider partnership with National Numeracy. During these times of uncertainty, we recognise the difference having confidence with numbers has when it comes to finances and money management, as well as the impact it can have on skills for everyday life.” 

Dave Richards, Head of Corporate Responsibility, Capital One UK

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In these challenging times it is more important than ever for people to take action to increase their number skills, especially given the connection between numeracy and financial health. A barrier for many is their lack of confidence around numbers; and so we are proud to be working with National Numeracy, its supporters and ambassadors to help deliver another highly impactful Number Confidence Week.” 

Mark Lindsay, Sales Director-Marketing Services, Experian

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"At The Lord Mayor’s Appeal we are committed to creating ‘A Better City for All’, one that is inclusive, healthy, skilled and fair. Now in its third year, our charity partnership with National Numeracy helps Londoners fulfil their potential and prevent low numeracy from holding them back. Our ‘Every Londoner Counts’ initiative continues to improve employability and financial inclusion by supporting those in need to build confidence, skills and positive attitudes to numeracy through a network of Numeracy Champions. We are thrilled to support Number Confidence Week."

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"We’re so proud to be named as a Lead Supporter for Number Confidence Week, as a long-time supporter of National Numeracy. Having confidence with numbers can make such a difference. Low confidence can result in anxiety in everyday tasks such as shopping, submitting gas meter readings, getting to appointments on time, and managing finances…so anything we can do as a business to help grow awareness and grow people’s confidence will likely help them in so many more areas of their lives."

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