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However you feel about maths, we have you covered on this page.

Join The Big Number Natter! Talking about maths makes it a little less scary. However you feel, you're not alone. Check out our tips and real-life number natters below.

Catch-up with the #BigNumberNatter LIVE

Cael adnoddau Big Number Natter yn Gymraeg | Get Big Number Natter resources in Welsh

Plus, build your number confidence with tips from Dr Linda, Iona's dyscalculia advice, help with Maths Anxiety and more.

Making maths work for women and girls

Watch a Big Number Natter with National Numeracy ambassadors Katya Jones, Jessica Gagen and Bobby Seagull about why women and girls lack number confidence and what can be done about it.

Jessica and Katya share their own experiences, and Bobby draws on his experience as a teacher, to explore why women are twice as anxious about using numbers and maths as men.

Dyscalculia & Me, with Iona and Mia

Financial broadcaster and National Numeracy Ambassador Iona Bain and actor Mia Borthwick discuss their journeys with dyscalculia. And download Iona's practical top tips for people  with dyscalculia.

Download Iona's dyscalculia tips

More about dyscalculia

Making the Most of Your Money 

For the first time ever, National Numeracy held a Big Number Natter Live event for National Numeracy Day.

'Making the Most of Your Money' featured a panel of money experts giving their top tips and taking questions from both the live and online audience. The event was held in Tower Hamlets, London, and livestreamed on our website and YouTube channel.

Watch these Number Natters

  • ADHD - Ishraq Li-Rahman and Roné Scheepers from National Numeracy talk about how ADHD affects their relationships with numbers.
  • SEND - Performing Arts students from Derwen College, a specialist college for young adults with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), talk about how maths fits into their vocational work and life.

Grab your free Number Natter resources

Talking points

6 talking points to get you started with quick number natters. These informal talking points can be the starting place for real positive changes in attitudes.
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Tips for talking to adults about maths

Lots of us who dislike maths find talking about it uncomfortable. Here are a few tips to make your number natter a bit easier.
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What is the Big Number Natter?

The Big Number Natter is a nationwide conversation about numbers for National Numeracy Day. From famous faces to the man on the No73 bus...everyone can join in, just like our team at National Numeracy did.

Find out more about The Big Number Natter and why you should get involved

Dr Linda's top tips for getting confident with numbers

Dr Linda Papadopoulos is often on TV and radio as one of the most well-respected psychologists in the UK today. Here she shares her top tips for beginning to feel more confident with numbers. 

Confidence building resources

If you're not feeling quite ready to 'natter about numbers', we've got some additional tips and resources that you can use in your own time to build your number confidence.

Check them out and share them with anyone who you think might find them useful. 

5 Day Habit Tracker

Doing something for a week can really start to embed a positive new behaviour. When it comes to numeracy, building up good new habits can really start to make numbers easier.
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30 Day Habit Tracker

Once you do something for a whole month, it is a new habit. Use this resource to instill a new positive habit so you can get on a little better with the numbers in your life.
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6 Tips For Overcoming Maths Anxiety

Almost all of us will feel maths anxiety at some point, be kind to yourself by trying these 6 tips.
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5 tips for getting confident with maths at work

At work we all want to be seen as competent, professional and confident, but low confidence with numbers can get in the way of this. Try these tips to feel better about numbers.
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Mr MoneyJar's 6 Tips For Money Management

Our ambassador Timi Merriman-Johnson AKA Mr MoneyJar shares 6 practical tips to help you manage your money, and three reasons why maths is great for money management.
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Iona Bain's Tips for Feeling Better About Numbers with Dyscalculia

Our ambassador and finance expert Iona Bain talks gives some tips - based on her own experience - on how you or your child can feel better about numbers if you have dyscalculia.
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Real life stories

However you feel about maths and numbers, you're not alone. Read the stories and experiences of people we work with.  

Can you see yourself in some of these stories? People of different ages and backgrounds have overcome their anxieties about numbers and maths. You can too! Take a look...

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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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More from National Numeracy Day 

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

Activities for children

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