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This National Numeracy Day we want everyone to talk about numbers, because when share how we feel about maths we find that we're not alone.

Once you've opened up about any maths anxiety you have, the next step is to strengthen your skills, with some bite-sized learning on the National Numeracy Challenge

Join in the Big Number Natter

Join the first ever nationwide conversation about numbers. Whether you love it or loathe it, everyone has something to say about maths! Talking about numbers make them a little less scary and it's a great first step towards improving numeracy too! 

Use the resources below to take part!

See the celebrity line-up for The Big Number Natter

What is The Big Number Natter?

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Watch our Number Natters

Conversations highlighting how numbers matter in our lives for work, managing money and helping children. And some interviews with the Minister for Skills on becoming a nation of numbers people, Peter Cherry on dyscalculia and Lottie Bedlow with Peter Sawkins on numbers in baking. 

Find out how to talk about numbers

Get some expert help from our Senior Training Officer Beth Barnes. 

Read the blog


Ideas for Number Nattering on social media

Use these ideas to encourage everyone to follow up on your session with some social media ideas for individual Number Natters.



Quick Number Natter talking points

Use these ideas to spark a less formal conversation about numbers.



Our line-up for the Day

Let's start the day by breaking a world record, with our GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® attempt at 9:30-10am.

Join the live stream and help us get to 1500 people watching the Times Tables Rockstars number roll at the same time!

Then keep an eye out as the Big Number Natter take centre stage across social media. There will be more baking from Peter Sawkins has he's joined by fellow baker Lottie Bedlow, Harry Baker and Tom Rocks focus on the role of number confidence in our lives, there's a word from Rachel Riley and Minister Burghart (Under Secretary of State for Education) will be talking to Bobby Seagull. 

Then at 6.30pm and 7.00pm two fantastic live events kick off on Instagram

#BigNumberNatter #NationalNumeracyDay

Download the line-up poster 

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Tips for money management from Mr Money Jar

Timi Merriman-Johnson provides some tips for managing your money; including budgeting, spending, saving, and confidence.

Get his advice from this video and keep it with you using this handy tip sheet. 

Download sheet


Overcoming maths anxiety

Many of us struggle with using numbers. Here are our top tips to help you overcome maths anxiety.
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Getting confident with maths at work

No matter what job we have, we use maths every day. Here are some things you can do at work to help make numbers less daunting.
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Top 4 tips to help children love maths

All families can make a difference to their children’s maths learning by following these top tips.
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If you do one thing, do this...

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, in your own time and at your own pace.

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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See the Big Number Natter on social media

Choose an option below and head over to social media to watch some of our amazing #BigNumberNatters

Tom Rocks talks to Harry Baker

See Tom's series of videos on Twitter talking about turning 10,000 days old and how maths infiltrates every part of our lives. 

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Lottie and Peter talk about numbers and baking

Join these two star bakers for a Number Natter on Instagram.

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Susan Okereke busts a maths myth

Teacher and co-host of the Maths Appeal podcast give her advice to people who think you have to be right to be good at maths. 


Emmanuel Asuquo gives some tips for number anxiety

Three tips to deal with money/number anxiety and build confidence with numbers. 


Back to National Numeracy Day 

To access content to help children, including our Number Heroes Competition, head over to the main National Numeracy Day page. 

Visit our hub for childrens' numeracy

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