Everybody is being encouraged to celebrate the importance of numbers in our everyday life today as part of National Numeracy Day.
An initiative led by KPMG, the day seeks to bring members of the public together with employers and teachers to improve numeracy skills across the UK and echoes Moneywise’s long-standing campaign to Get Financial Education Working.
From getting the best deal when we’re shopping to managing family finances and understanding our pay slips, numeracy skills are an important part of daily life.
However, despite this, the organisers of National Numeracy Day claim half of working adults have the equivalent numeracy skills of a primary school child.
Moneywise believes the best time to learn about personal finance and how to manage money is as a child in school. Yet with financial education only featuring on the perimeter of the national curriculum for secondary school children, provision remains patchy and ad hoc.
This is why Moneywise introduced the Personal Finance Teacher of the Year Competition as part of its campaign, to reward those schools and teachers who are committed to teaching children about money and how to manage it.
The competition has now closed and the Moneywise team is meeting with Julian Knight MP and personal finance editor of the Mail on Sunday Jeff Prestridge, along with representatives from Young Enterprise and our sponsor F&C to judge entries this week, before announcing the winners at the Moneywise Customer Service Awards 2018 on 7 June.
Watch this space for the results but, in the meantime, you can find out how your number skills stack up with the National Numeracy Day quiz – and if you don’t do as well as you would hope, get some tips on how to beef up your maths ability.