The higher our numeracy level, the more confident with money we are likely to be. Seem obvious? Maybe so, but there has been little research into the connection.

National Numeracy goes out to talk money and maths with local residents

“Darts at the Arts” raises funds for National Numeracy  

National Numeracy is calling on primary schools in East London to get involved with a new parental engagement project.

This month National Numeracy has welcomed two new trustees to its board. 

National Numeracy has responded to the announcement of a new multiplication test to be trialled across primary schools.

Throughout February 2018, National Numeracy is offering 20% off all Family Maths resources ordered online. 

National Numeracy has launched a brand-new suite of Building Confidence resources within the Challenge, including videos hosted by TV personality, Rachel Riley

National Numeracy has responded to Ofqual and DfE to inform their consultations into reform of functional skills qualifications.

A new report from the Money Advice Service provides the strongest evidence to date on how good number skills help people manage their money and keep out of debt

We are delighted to announce that we have received funding to once again provide a small number of schools with our Passport Maths programme, courtesy of Drapers’ Charity Fund.

Star Dash Studios – the mobile game brought to you by National Numeracy – has been shortlisted for a 2017 TIGA Award.

Following a pilot with social science students at 2 UK universities, National Numeracy will be bringing The Challenge to a further 8 establishments.

National Numeracy proudly announce that the 1 millionth question has been answered via their new online numeracy assessment which was launched in July.

Fundamental flaws in GCSE maths need addressing

Fundamental flaws in GCSE maths need addressing

National Numeracy congratulates all students getting their GCSE results this week, but is concerned that the system is still failing too many.

Not only does the maths exam not put sufficient emphasis on the practical skills that everyone needs in everyday life, but - because it is largely norm-referenced - it is guaranteed to ‘fail’ the one third of young people who won’t reach the required Grade 4, or C. This is the standard generally recognised by employers and required for access to more advanced education.  

Last month National Numeracy launched an alternative benchmark, the Essentials of Numeracy - an everyday maths equivalent of the driving test - which sets out the essential practical maths that everyone needs for adult life and the workplace. Unlike GCSE, this would be something that all young people would be expected to achieve as part of their maths education and that could be embedded within the existing curriculum and exam pathway. 

National Numeracy chief executive, Mike Ellicock, said: “If we are to prosper as a country, we need everyone to have the confidence and competence to use numbers and data to make good decisions. Unfortunately the present GCSE system is abjectly failing to deliver these essentials of numeracy for all and something else is needed. It is crucial we offer everyone - including the bottom third of each year group - an opportunity to master the essentials of numeracy needed at work and home, whatever they go on to do after GCSE. National Numeracy's Essentials of Numeracy shows exactly what teenagers and adults really need.” 

 

Read our report: The Essentials of Numeracy: a new approach to making the UK numerate  

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