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Numeracy

Learning through Numeracy
At The Sutton Academy, we are committed to raising the standards of numeracy of all our students, so that they develop the ability to use numeracy skills effectively in all areas of the curriculum and develop the skills necessary to cope confidently with the demands of further education, employment and adult everyday life.

What do we mean by ‘Numeracy’?
Mathematical literacy is a person’s capacity to identify and understand the role that mathematics plays in the world, to make well-founded judgements and to use and engage with numbers in ways that meet the needs of that individual’s daily life.

This definition allows us to focus on tackling very poor numeracy skills and on improving life outcomes for our students. It covers the essential skills needed for solving problems, processing information, making decisions and interpreting data. Being numerate is about appreciating number relationships and interpreting answers, and not just about doing calculations. We all use numbers every day for example; when we are shopping, checking our electricity bills or measuring our living room for new carpets .

The Challenges

Numeracy in the UK
• Students who get a grade C or above at GCSE have an average lifetime income of £150,000 more than those who get a grade D or below.
• Millions of people struggle to understand a pay slip or train timetable, or pay a household bill.
• While four out of five people would be embarrassed to confess to poor literacy skills, just over half would feel the same about admitting poor maths skills.
 

Attitudes towards Numeracy

• Just 15% of Britons will study maths after the age of sixteen, compared with 50-100% in most developed countries.
• Annual costs to the public purse arising from a failure to master basic numeracy skills amount to £2.4billion.
• Many people struggle to get jobs because they struggle to read graphs and interpret documents.
• Poor numeracy is the hidden problem that blights the UK economy and ruins individuals’ chances in life.
• Only 22% of people have strong enough maths skills to gain a good GCSE in the subject – down from 26% when the survey was carried out in 2003.

What can you do as parents?
We would ask that you support us in helping your child to develop good numeracy skills. This website will help you with practical ideas to support your child with numeracy and mathematical skills.