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We all want our children to feel confident with numbers, even if we struggle with maths ourselves. 

Whether as a parent, carer or a teacher, building our own confidence with numbers helps when supporting children with maths. The National Numeracy Challenge is a great place to start. 

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Catch up now. Celebrities, experts, teachers and parents share their experiences and tips on how to help your children learn to love numbers – even if you don’t feel confident about them yourself. 

Once you're feeling inspired you can take steps to build your confidence with numbers. 

Take the next step

Take part in the School Number Heroes competition 

Bobby Seagull has challenged you! Download a sheet, get drawing and you could win a £1000 prize pack for the primary school of your choice, and a £50 voucher with a certificate for yourself. Take part at home or with your school.

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Katya's dance activity

"It’s completely normal to find maths difficult. But just like dancing, if we break it down into manageable steps and keep practising, we can ALL get better."  Katya Jones

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Harry 's rap activity

"...maths doesn’t have to be scary. And to prove it, this National Numeracy Day, I have written a special Numeracy Day Rap and put together some number rap activities to help everyone feel differently about maths." Harry Baker

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Peter's baking activity

"My cupcake baking activity will get everyone thinking differently about numbers and how we use them every day! I’d love to see how you get on." Peter Sawkins

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Take your first step today

For National Numeracy Day we're inviting everyone to build their confidence with numbers. The National Numeracy Challenge lets adults learn at their own pace.

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A fresh take on maths...

 

Jason's story

"I’ve got three kids, and I felt like a let-down because I was struggling to help them with what they were learning."

"If I went out for a meal I used to just get the cheapest thing on the menu so it’d be easier to work out.

"When you get older you realise numbers are important, and I couldn’t do what I needed with them. That’s why I wanted to improve my confidence.   

"The further I got into the National Numeracy Challenge, the easier I found it, because you’re able to log in either at work or at home. My confidence has grown to a point where I can work things out in my head now. I don’t shy away from situations.  

"Originally I did it for my kids, but I found it helped with work too"

"I feel more confident in being able to help my kids with whatever they bring home, rather than trying to dodge it. It’s still a challenge but it’s a lot easier than it was.  

"Having the confidence to teach others how to do something, something that I’d have never been able to think about before is great.  I’m six feet tall but it makes me feel seven feet being able to help them out."

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What is the National Numeracy Challenge?

It's a free-to-use website where adults can build their confidence with numbers. It includes a 10min check of your skills and specific learning resources to help you learn the skills you need. 

By checking and improving in bite-sized chunks, at times that suit you, you can join the thousands of others who have used it to build stronger skills and confidence with numbers. 

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Get more inspiration 

Visit our hubs for Numeracy for Work or Money and Maths  or check out our live events on 19 May. 

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