Number confidence week is a great UK campaign focused on how adults feel about maths, which is important for so many reasons. Education is an engine of social mobility, so improved numeracy leads to better outcomes for individuals, for society, and for the economy; and can make a real difference to those in disadvantaged communities where the need is greatest.
People who struggle with numbers are more likely to become vulnerable to debt, unemployment, poor health, and fraud, but unfortunately, this connection between these things and a person’s confidence in numbers is not adequately acknowledged or addressed. Unlocking a person’s numbers confidence is the first step on the journey to help tackle these issues and will play a part in helping people navigate these difficult times.
I’d therefore encourage you all to take a look at the National Numeracy’s Number Confidence Week resources; a free online hub filled with helpful, activities and resources for all the family.
Improving numeracy levels within our colleague community can make a difference to colleagues’ roles, their careers, to how they contribute to meetings, projects, and business outputs.
If you’re a manager, or involved in another business, organisation, or group, you might find the Numeracy Challenge a useful, and popular tool to begin conversations with your teams and peer groups: It’s an online tool that can help to build numeracy skills and confidence, with over 300 everyday maths questions and tutorials, multimedia resources, technology that adapts to individual learning levels and signposting to further support.
For further help and support, visit: https://www.nationalnumeracy.org.uk/numberconfidenceweek