Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, is showing his support for this year’s National Numeracy Day and encouraging local people to get involved.
National Numeracy Day, which this year falls on the 17th of May, is an independent charity formed to help raise low levels of numeracy among both adults and children and to promote the importance of everyday maths skills.
As a nation, UK 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.
By breaking down confidence barriers and encouraging a growth mindset, National Numeracy empowers people to learn – whether to help with formal qualifications, career prospects, family life or financial well-being.
The National Numeracy website has lots of resources for adults and children to sink their teeth into, including a ‘family maths toolkit’ to help parents and carers feel more confident in helping their kids with school work and maths puzzles.
Commenting, Andrew Gwynne said:
“I’m really pleased to be supporting this year’s National Numeracy Day. We all know that feeling confident understanding and using numbers makes a vital, positive difference to people’s lives and prosperity. As a parent who dreaded helping my kids with maths homework, I wish these excellent resources were available to me back then!
So I’d really encourage local children, schools, guardians and teachers to get involved with National Numeracy Day. Maths is for everyone, and we should all feel empowered to learn skills that will help us prosper at work, school or just in day-to-day life.”