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National Numeracy Day

Wednesday 17 May 2023 is National Numeracy Day across the United Kingdom. Explaining the need for a focus on numeracy, the charity, National Numeracy says:

As a nation, our numeracy levels are significantly below average for developed countries which costs the UK economy millions of pounds in unemployment, poor health, debt and the skills gap. Low confidence and competence with numbers disproportionately affects disadvantaged communities, with anxiety about numbers often passed on from generation to generation.  

To stop this cycle and become an engine of social mobility, our focus is on encouraging people in communities where the need is greatest to take that first step. By breaking down confidence barriers and encouraging a growth mindset, we empower people to learn – whether to help with formal qualifications, career prospects, family life or financial well-being.

Scope of this briefing

This briefing largely focuses on developments in England, such as Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s 2023 maths plan, and commentary on this. It also provides some limited background on numeracy support in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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