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How can schools help change negative attitudes to maths?

The National Numeracy Challenge signals a concerted effort to help the estimated 17 million workers who have poor numeracy skills ― but what can schools do to help change negative attitudes to maths?

We are reaching a crisis point in the UK where a huge proportion of the population is leaving school without the necessary numeracy skills to cope in the modern workforce. Without skilled workers, high-skilled and well-paid jobs in the STEM industries will continue to go abroad. There are many people that the National Numeracy Challenge will need to reach in order to improve the national picture, including employers and teachers battling to remove the notion that mathematics is too difficult.

Attitudes are a prerequisite to change and will determine if someone’s actions are positive or negative. Unfortunately, in the UK the attitude toward mathematics has been dismissive, which has contributed to many young people and adults accepting that it is okay to be bad at mathematics.

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