Number confidence critical in social mobility

Research Partners are delighted to have worked with National Numeracy to produce a series of briefing papers. You can find the latest here.

This paper shows how critical number confidence is to social mobility. Low number confidence starts early in life and limits learning opportunities and career choices, throwing up a significant, lifelong barrier to social mobility. The paper presents National Numeracy’s recommendations for policy makers and employers to support those with low number confidence to grow their number skills.

Employers should acknowledge the crucial role numeracy plays in job success and support their employees to develop number confidence as well as numeracy skills.

Policy makers should ensure that school maths relates more to work requirements and ensure that no child leaves education without the number confidence necessary to build and sustain a career.

Click here for more details of the research on which the papers are based.