National Numeracy is an independent charity established in 2012 to help raise low levels of numeracy among both adults and children and to promote the importance of everyday maths skills. We aim to challenge negative attitudes, influence public policy and promote effective approaches to improving numeracy. Where possible, we work in partnership with other organisations to achieve these aims.
We offer practical ways of helping adults and children improve their numeracy – in the community, the workplace and formal education. We have developed a range of products that promote numeracy including: a one-stop website for parents and schools called the Family Maths Toolkit , a smartphone game Star Dash Studies aimed at 16-24 year olds and the online National Numeracy Challenge, which allows people to assess and improve their own numeracy skills.
National Numeracy (NN) was invited by MFL to lead the Count on Us parental engagement numeracy programme because National Numeracy was responsible for conducting the feasibility study that identified that parental engagement was a priority for the London primary schools surveyed. National Numeracy at this point had also just completed a parental engagement project (funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation) which found that parents and teachers identified the need for a one-stop website that would help both support children’s learning of everyday maths. Subsequently National Numeracy built the Family Maths Toolkit. The research also identified the need for a set of parental engagement resources that promoted thinking and reasoning around everyday maths; the Family Maths Scrapbook Activities.
The Family Maths Scrapbooks are designed to help schools engage parents and families with their children’s maths learning. The weekly activities, best suited to reception and years 1-6, allow families and children to explore everyday maths problems together and are designed to help children make a connection between what they are learning at school with situations in everyday life. The activities support the development of maths-based conversations between children and their families, which boosts confidence in mathematical reasoning and problem solving.
The FMT website has 3 messages for parents and teachers and 3 main sections; be positive, point out the maths in everyday life, Praise effort not talent. The sections are:
Activities for Children and Information for schools – this is divided into three age groups under 13 and includes links to resources that have been assessed by our pedagogical expert to ensure that everything we recommend is mathematically sound, will foster discussion as well as being creative and fun.
Information for Schools: this includes links to reports and evidence which demonstrate the importance of Parental Engagement (very useful for applications for funding) , NN’s Parental Engagement Audit Tool, a link to NN Challenge which is a free website for adults who want to improve their numeracy, links for schools to supporting families parental engagement resources, and links to resources on overcoming the barriers to PE for schools