Supporters

More and more people are expressing their support for National Numeracy's ethos and work, including celebrities, politicians, business people, academics and educators.

Bobby Seagull

Bobby Seagull_Credit Lloyd Mann

"I believe that everyone can do Maths and definitely improve their numeracy. We need to dispel the myth that only certain types of people have a mind for numbers.

I'm proud to support the work of National Numeracy in helping adults to build their numeracy and overcome their maths phobia. Developing your confidence in working with numbers can lead to happier people!" 

Rachel Riley

Rachel Riley National Numeracy ambassador

"There’s no such thing as a 'maths brain’. Anyone can be numerate, it’s just a matter of confidence. It’s great to see that National Numeracy is helping people to find opportunities to improve their skills during everyday life - doing even a little a day can make maths feel more familiar and less scary.

Being bad at maths shouldn’t be something to brag about and there’s no reason be embarrassed to look for help when it comes to numeracy - National Numeracy is a great place to start!"

 

Martin Lewis - Money Saving Expert


"Maths is the lifeblood of good MoneySaving, helping you understand when you’re getting a good deal and when you’re being ripped off.

So bravo to the National Numeracy Challenge for trying to boost our nation’s numeracy skills. There’s no better way to empower consumers."

Ian Cumming - finalist on BBC's Great British Bake Off 2015

GBBO Ian Cumming "I think it’s really important to always be positive about maths. Even if you don’t know exactly how to work out a problem at first, by having a positive attitude and not giving up you can do it.

It’s great to see National Numeracy drawing attention to the fact that we can all do maths, even if we think we can’t. Maths is used so much in baking, so if you can bake you can definitely do maths!"

 

Lauren Child

Lauren Child supporter
"I love the sound and look of numbers – there’s a magic in them and I think it’s really important for parents to help their children see the wonder of numbers in their everyday life. That’s the thinking behind my latest Charlie and Lola story, One Thing.

Like National Numeracy, I want to help parents and carers to be positive about maths. Numbers are fun – and they’re real. They shouldn’t scare us."

 

Carol Vorderman

"We all need to use maths everyday – sometimes without realising we’re doing it. Improving your confidence with numbers can really help overcome your fears, whether it’s comparing prices, doing DIY or planning a journey.

I’ve taught tens of thousands of strugglers over the years and once they 'get it' there is no looking back. The National Numeracy Challenge now gives you the chance to “get it” and discover that everyday maths is something you really can do. Why not give it a go?"

Philippa Forrester - Television and radio presenter, producer and author

"I really struggled with maths at school; I couldn’t understand how it related to the real world, and I never felt confident. Eventually I realised that everyone can be numerate, and, after some hard work, I was finally able to develop some maths confidence.

Now there’s a new initiative to help people that struggled like I did – The National Numeracy Challenge helps adults learn and use the maths needed for everyday life. It’s friendly and builds your confidence too. Everyone can do maths – if I can do it, so can you."

 

Michael Steer - maths teacher from Thornhill Academy
featured in Channel 4 series 'Educating Yorkshire'

"Maths is a set of skills that can be learned by anyone, providing they are engaged and taught correctly.

Being numerate is an essential skill, not just for children, but for everyone and that is why the work done by National Numeracy is so vital and important."

Anna Watkins - Olympic gold medalist


"For me and Katherine, winning an Olympic gold medal used to seem an impossible task, but I learned that if you set your goal and keep taking on the challenges along the way, anything is possible.

Becoming comfortable with maths presents lots of challenges, especially if you missed out first time around BUT everyone in the UK can do it! Maths really helped me understand what I needed to do to improve my rowing and it helps me think straight."