Numeracy involves skills that aren’t always taught in the classroom – the ability to use numbers and solve problems in real life. It means having the confidence and skill to use numbers and mathematical approaches in all aspects of life. Numeracy is as important as literacy. In fact, it's sometimes called ‘mathematical literacy’.
We need both skills to function in modern life.
When do we use numeracy?
|At work||Giving correct change, weighing and measuring, using spreadsheets and understanding data.|
|In practical everyday activities at home and beyond||Working out how many minutes until our train, increasing a recipe to serve extra guests.|
|As consumers||Understanding how much we'll save with a 15% discount, checking we've received the right change, working out how much to tip in a restaurant.|
|In managing our finances||Setting and keeping to a budget, understanding interest rates, understanding the financial implications of borrowing money, working out how much money to put into a pension.|
|As parents||Helping children with homework, playing board and puzzle games with children.|
|As patients making sense of health information||Managing our diet and nutrition, making and keeping medical appointments, measuring medicine doses, working out a routine for taking tablets regularly.|
|As citizens understanding the world about us||Making sense of statistics and graphs in the news, understanding information about government spending.|