Rosie Cooper MP

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23/04/14 - Rosie Cooper MP backs the National Numeracy Challenge


West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is encouraging West Lancashire residents to test their numeracy skills with The National Numeracy Challenge. National Numeracy has launched a new drive to end the UK’s low levels of adult numeracy. The National Numeracy Challenge aims to show millions of people that they can do something to improve their everyday maths skills.


The Challenge campaign spearheaded by National Numeracy is encouraging everyone to check their own level of numeracy, using a web-based self assessment tool, the Challenge Online,, and lead those who need it towards a programme of personal learning. The initial target is to raise at least one million people out of poor numeracy over the next five years.


The National Numeracy Challenge has been launched in light of the recent Government figures which show that virtually half the working-age population have maths skills expected of children at primary school and over three-quarters are below the level of equivalent to the maths GCSE that many employers regard as necessary for work.


West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:

“Taking part in The National Numeracy Challenge not only gives people the opportunity to gauge a sense of their numeracy skills but also provides them with the resources to improve them.


“Improving maths skills can be very advantageous to people’s everyday lives not only in terms of career prospects but also in understanding statistics in the media and helping children with maths school work.”


National Numeracy Chairman, David Frost CBE, said:

“This new economic evidence shows- yet again- the urgent need for action to tackle poor numeracy. We are now challenging all employers, politicians and anyone concerned about poor maths skills in this country to join us in backing the National Numeracy Challenge. It’s a simple message- if you recognise the problem; help us in doing something about it.”

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