Strength in numbers

Today is National Numeracy Day a great opportunity to highlight numeracy skills and encourage people of all ages to take action to improve their skills.

Numbers are used all over the place from cooking and working out, to finances and management.  Numeracy skills are hugely important in every day life.

Although for some, maths has never been an easy subject, it is never too late to improve your numeracy skills, especially when being better with numbers can change your life.

In order to help, the Government has introduced several changes including reforming maths GCSE and functional skills qualifications and setting up new mathematics hubs around the country. If you are over 16 and left school without a GCSE, you will continue to study maths as part of your 16-18 training. If you are 19 and haven't achieved an GCSE the Government will now fully fund a full range of maths courses up to GCSE level.

We have also introduced the Post 16 basic maths premium pilot.  This is testing the impact of additional funding to improve the quality of teaching and learning maths to lead to better student outcomes. You can find out more about the pilot here

www.gov.uk/guidance/post-16-basic-maths-premium-pilot

In 2018 more than 75% of 19 year olds held a good GCSE qualification in maths.  Maths has also become the most popular A-level.

So what are you waiting for, find out whether your numeracy skills are up to scratch by getting involved with the National Numeracy Day challenge by clicking here.  If you don't get the results you want, it will highlight what help and support is available to you as well as point you to resources to learn more about boosting your numeracy skills.

It is a free service so I would encourage all of you to give it a go and let me know your results!