Is Numeracy important?

What is the issue?

Low levels of numeracy are a long-term problem for the UK.

1. Numeracy skills have got worse, not better

Proportion of working age adults in England with skills levels equivalent to GCSE “C” grade or above

2. High numeracy is connected to better…

3. The UK risks becoming less competitive internationally

The scale and cost of the issue

The causal chain of poor numeracy

In the UK, socio-economic background influences a child’s achievement by 10% to 20%

30% wrongly assume that maths is a skill
you are born with, rather than a skill
that can be learnt

At school, children are often not prepared for using math in everyday life

Of 15-16 year olds doing GCSE math in the UK…

24% of 16-24 year olds achieving A*-C grade at GCSE reach the equivalent level in the Skills for Life assessment

1 in 4 adults in the UK believe school math did not prepare them well for math in everyday life

Among those aged 24+
numeracy skills decline with age

 But too few people take steps to improve their numeracy

 

Data sources:
Skills for Life 2011; PIAAC 2014; National Numeracy YouGov Survey 2014

Note:
When we say “low numeracy” we usually mean those below Level 2 on the UK adult qualifications scale.

Image credits:
Created by Christian Wad and Jack Curry from the Noun Project.

Article source: National Numeracy

 

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Good Numeracy KEY to Health & Wealth

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“Good numeracy is the best protection against unemployment, low wages and poor health.” (OECD)

 

We use math in every aspect of our lives at work and in practical everyday activities at home and beyond. We use math when we go shopping or plan a holiday, decide on a mortgage or decorate a room. Good numeracy is essential to us as parents helping our children learn, as patients understanding health information, as citizens making sense of statistics and economic news. Decisions in life are so often based on numerical information: to make the best choices, we need to be numerate.

 

High numeracy is connected to better…

 

Research from a review of adult up-skilling in numeracy by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has demonstrated that improving numeracy directly contributes to growth in personal and social confidence

The digital age

The digital age presents us with more numerical data than ever before and puts a new premium on numeracy skills.

Computers can do the mathematical processing for us, but we need good numeracy in order to use them effectively – to enter the right data and decide whether the answer seems approximately right.

Right now around 90% of new graduate jobs require a high level of digital skills (Race Online 2012), and digital skills are built on numeracy.

 

Math is absolutely crucial for your everyday life and international research tells us that good numeracy is the best protection against unemployment, low wages and poor health.” (Mike Ellicock, chief executive of the charity National Numeracy)

 

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Poor Numeracy: more than twice as likely to be unemployed

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“People with poor numeracy skills are more than twice as likely to be unemployed”

 

Innumeracy costs the UK £20.2 Billion per year; 17 million adults (nearly half of the adult population) have numeracy at/below primary school level.

There is substantial evidence that low numeracy skills are associated with poor outcomes:

  • Employment
    People with poor numeracy skills are more than twice as likely to be unemployed
  • Wages
    Recent data by the OECD show a direct relationship between wage distribution and numeracy skills
  • Health
    In OECD and UK basic skills reports, the correlation between poor numeracy and poor health is clear; data from the British Cohort Studies have shown that there is also a link between depression and poor numeracy
  • Social, emotional and behavioural difficulties
    Children with these problems are more likely to struggle with numeracy, even taking into account factors such as home background and general ability
  • School exclusions
    Pupils beginning secondary school with very low numeracy skills but good literacy skills have an exclusion rate twice that of pupils starting secondary school with good numeracy skills
  • Truancy
    14-year-olds who have poor math skills at 11 are more than twice as likely to play truant
  • Crime
    A quarter of young people in custody have a numeracy level below that expected of a 7-year-old, and 65% of adult prisoners have numeracy skills at or below the level expected of an 11-year-old.

Poor numeracy is also a problem in its own right. It can affect people’s confidence and self-esteem. Research from a review of adult up-skilling in numeracy by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has demonstrated that improving numeracy directly contributes to growth in personal and social confidence

The digital age

The digital age presents us with more numerical data than ever before and puts a new premium on numeracy skills.

Computers can do the mathematical processing for us, but we need good numeracy in order to use them effectively – to enter the right data and decide whether the answer seems approximately right.

Right now around 90% of new graduate jobs require a high level of digital skills (Race Online 2012), and digital skills are built on numeracy.

(Article source: National Numeracy)

 

“Good numeracy is the best protection against unemployment, low wages and poor health.” (OECD)

 

Read the full article here