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Your college numeracy day

We use it as part of our Numeracy Week in college, which raises the profile of numeracy within all subjects. It’s not about ‘school maths’ – it focuses on practical, real-life maths and skills that are important for employability

Farnborough Sixth Form College

Why hold a numeracy day?

Poor numeracy skills can fundamentally affect people’s opportunities. Those with poor numeracy skills are more than twice as likely to be unemployed. Many people grow up thinking they’re ‘just not numbers people’. But we know that, with the right tools and support, everyone has the ability to improve their numeracy – no matter what subjects they’re studying.
By focusing on numeracy, you are helping students build the skills and confidence that will help them thrive in work and in their everyday lives.

Colleges Numeracy Day Toolkit

National Numeracy has put together a toolkit for colleges to use to support their numeracy day activity.
A good place to start is with the Campaign Planning Template, which outlines suggested planning activities for the day and includes links to other useful materials in the toolkit.

The toolkit includes suggested discussion topics, a walk-through for staff of National Numeracy’s free online tool, downloadable leaflets and posters, template emails and tweets to help spread the word, and more.

We are all numbers people

National Numeracy organises a positive, celebratory annual event that helps to reframe attitudes and abilities around using numbers in everyday life. National Numeracy Day takes place in May each year. Whether you're planning activity to coincide with this, or to fit around your own college calendar, why not take a look at the highlights from previous years and get some inspiration from our campaign website?