It's been the elephant in the room, we don't want to talk about it but it is now coming into the open. We as a nation are not very good at maths.
We are not ashamed to openly admit that we are "no good at maths" but are also comfortable to do nothing about it. I meet many people who have had a bad experience of maths at school and now find the mention of the words "algebra, long division or geometry" sends chills down the spine and brings back painful memories of classes where they understood nothing.
So what can we do? We need a two-pronged approach by working with children to ensure we are not producing even more adults with low maths skills and a fear of numbers and also working with adults to make sure we engage them and help them with the practicalities of maths in everyday life.
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I will be writing further blogs about what we can do to raise our levels of numeracy as a nation.