Spring Numeracy Forum: Reforming qualifications, framed statistics, and believing what we see in the news

Table discussion

Over 50 people attended our Spring Numeracy Forum on 7 March when two very different topics were discussed: the review of Functional Skills and the use and abuse of statistics. 

The morning session took the form of a workshop allowing participants to have their say in the consultation on the review of Functional Skills - the aim of the review being to improve the awareness and credibility of the qualifications, especially among employers. More information about the consultation on Functional Skills (which continues until July) can be found on the Pye Tait website.

David SpiegelhalterIn the afternoon we were delighted to welcome Sir David Spiegelhalter, professor of the public understanding of risk at Cambridge University, for an entertaining and enlightening session on how the manipulation of statistics can cause public misunderstanding and confusion. Other speakers included Hetan Shah, director of the Royal Statistical Society, and Alun Bedding of AstraZeneca. 

Read more about the session in the blog by Jess Wade, from Kings College London, who represented WISE (Women into Science and Englineering). 

Read the blog

 Download the slides from the day