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Numerate Nation? What the UK thinks about numbers


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New research for National Numeracy Day reveals nation’s blind spot around the value of numeracy skills could be holding back millions.

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Numerate Nation? What the UK thinks about numbers

  1. 1. Belinda Vernon Chair, National Numeracy
  2. 2. Bobby Duffy Director, Policy Institute at King’s
  3. 3. Four contrasting patterns…
  4. 4. 1. Overconfident… in our test, 56% of adults are at the level would expect of primary school child … …over a third (37%) of those who rated themselves as good actually scored the level we’d expect of primary school children BUT 77% of people rate their own numeracy as good… 43% say they don’t want to improve their maths and numeracy skills
  5. 5. 2. …but also anxious… particularly women % who say that maths and numbers makes them feel anxious 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% Men Women
  6. 6. One in four people would be deterred from applying for a job if it listed using numbers and data as a requirement
  7. 7. 3. Undervalued… 13% 17% 21% 50% Don't know Neither If they were very good with numbers If they were very good at reading and writing Q: Which of the following would make you most proud of your child? Three in ten think most people don’t use numbers in job…
  8. 8. 4. …and too fatalistic… again, particularly women % who say they are “not a numbers person”, by gender NOT true… a skill that can be learned…
  9. 9. Melanie Richards Deputy Chair, KPMG
  10. 10. Sir David Behan Chair, Health Education England
  11. 11. Q & A