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Bake Off winner Peter Sawkins becomes a National Numeracy Ambassador

20 Apr 2021

National Numeracy is delighted to announce that Peter Sawkins, the Great British Bake Off 2020 winner, has generously agreed to become a National Numeracy Ambassador and will get to work in the kitchen for National Numeracy Day 2021 on Wednesday 19 May. 

Peter Sawkins

Peter has a lifelong passion for numbers – from baking and badminton to his accounting and finance studies – he is always counting, weighing or scoring something! For National Numeracy Day Peter will be showing budding cooks how essential number skills are in a special Cupcake Baking Fun video. 
He will be encouraging children to get their hands in the cake mix and get their heads around measuring out ingredients to bake tasty treats for their family or friends. There will be a recipe and activity sheet too! 
Peter says: "Numeracy skills are essential in so many aspects of day-to-day life. They help us manage personal finances and shopping budgets right through to even baking better cakes! Numbers actually helped me win Bake Off! Everyone can improve their numeracy skills, and National Numeracy is a great place for you to find number confidence and build these skills for a better life.” 
Sam Sims, Chief Executive of National Numeracy, says: “We are thrilled that Peter has agreed to become a National Numeracy Celebrity Ambassador. Baking is the perfect everyday maths activity, and no one has made it look more fun or delicious than Peter! From measuring ingredients to thinking about size, weight and timings – we are sure Bake Off’s youngest ever winner will inspire the whole family to have fun with numbers.” 
Peter joins our fantastic celebrity Ambassadors, Rachel Riley, Martin Lewis, Bobby Seagull and Katya Jones who all freely give their time and energy to help the adults and children in the UK get on with numbers so they can get on in life. Watch this space for more celebrity announcements this week!  
We’ll keep the details of Peter’s Cupcake Bake under wraps for now, but you can join him, Katya and Bobby and some of our other celebrities for a National Numeracy Day sneak peek live event on Wednesday 21 April at 6pm on our website  or tune in to National Numeracy’s Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Linkedin channels. 

National Numeracy Day 2021, with founding supporter KPMG, 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, managing money.    

On the day, Wednesday 19 May, we will have a packed programme of live events for you to join, loads of free resources to download in our hubs and fun activities with Peter and other celebrities. all while improving your numeracy skills and confidence. Pop the date in in your diaries now.  
However, you don’t have to wait until 19 May to get started on building your number confidence and skills – you can have a go right now by trying the National Numeracy Challenge – it only takes 10 minutes to get started.  

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.   

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.

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