The Big Number Natter
We wanted to get the nation nattering about how numbers make them feel in a bid to make maths less scary, reveal its relevance to everyday life, challenge the ‘bad at maths boast’ culture and inspire people to take positive action. It’s a crucial time to tackle low numeracy: 49% of the UK’s working-age population have the expected numeracy levels of a primary school child, making them more vulnerable to debt, unemployment, poor health and fraud – all exacerbated by the Covid-19 and cost-of-living crises. But many adults with low numeracy don’t think maths is relevant to their lives and wouldn’t dream of taking a course. So, we wanted to provide a gateway into the subject; and opening up a conversation, embracing the negative as well as the positive, was an authentic place to start.