National Numeracy Day 2023. Will you be a numbers champion?

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National Numeracy Day will take place on Wednesday 17th May 2023.  Education Scotland and the Scottish Government will again participate as lead supporters of the #NationalNumeracyDay campaign in the hope of encouraging all adults in Scotland to become more confident in using numbers in every day life.

This year National Numeracy will celebrate numbers by hosting a mainly virtual campaign, packed full of practical advice from celebrities and experts, inspirational stories from real-life learners and a host of free online events and resources.  The campaign will focus on three key themes; numeracy for work, managing money and supporting children.  “The impact of the economic [Covid-19] crisis has been disproportionately felt by those with low numeracy skills”  (Counting on the Recovery, 2021). It is particularly important at the moment, as households continue to face financial challenges, that we highlight the importance of being number confident and knowing how and where to get help to improve maths skills.

If you sign up for National Numeracy Day you will receive free, fun materials and resources to use and share, and join over 4,800 organisations helping the nation to feel good about numbers.  All participants will have access to an online number skills checker called ‘The National Numeracy Challenge that will help signpost to resources to improve number skills.

What can you do? As an individual or an organisation you can run an online event, you can circulate resources to learners/parents or you can just simply promote the campaign via social media to your partners and stakeholders.

To find out more visit National Numeracy Day – 17 May 2023

The Numeracy Challenge is a fun interactive tool to find out how confident you are using numbers, and it flags up how easy it is to get support and learn if you want to. Take the Numeracy Challenge, and encourage your staff/colleagues and learners too.

Since 2018, Scotland has had record numbers of community organisations, adult learning providers, schools and businesses signing up to be numeracy champions:

  • An estimated 7,554 people took action on the National Numeracy Challenge from Scotland, which is a 25% increase on last year and around 9% of the total Challenge actions
  • The average Challenge Quick Check score in Scotland was 12.3 out of 20, in line with the average UK score of 12.4
  • The average confidence score in Scotland was also higher than the UK average (7.0 compared to 6.8 out of 10)
  • 18% of all official Champions organisations supporting National Numeracy Day were from Scotland


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