National Numeracy Day

Today is National Numeracy Day.

Good numeracy is vital to us all – and vital to the UK. Millions of adults struggle with their everyday maths skills. We know that poor numeracy can fundamentally affect people's lives and the wider economy. We want this to change – and we believe that change is possible.

From getting the best supermarket deals to managing family finances, or understanding salaries to getting a promotion at work - we all use numbers every day. Despite this, 1 in 2 working-age people have numeracy levels that we would associate with primary school children – but it is never too late to improve.

National Numeracy is an independent charity established in 2012 to help raise low levels of numeracy among both adults and children and to promote the importance of everyday maths skills. They aim to challenge negative attitudes, influence public policy and offer practical ways of helping adults and children improve their numeracy - in the community, the workplace and formal education.

National Numeracy has created a short online tool - the National Numeracy Challenge. It is a free, confidential and simple to use website, designed to assess everyday numeracy skills and give adults the tools to learn in manageable steps; building confidence along the way. The Challenge is designed for people to use on their own or as part of a learning programme in the workplace or other community setting.

We are encouraging students and staff to take part in the challenge today. Take the challenge here.

If you are interested in improving your maths skills, why not look for a course in your area - www.wea.org.uk/find-course