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Glossary

An A-Z glossary of terminology you might see used as part of the Becoming a Numeracy Champion programme.

 

Attitudinal Approach

  

 

National Numeracy’s method of improving numeracy levels across the UK is focused on addressing psychological and attitudinal barriers to learning.

 

Becoming a Numeracy Champion:  Myths, Mindsets and Driving Change

 

 

National Numeracy’s workshop, designed to equip staff with the knowledge and resources needed to champion numeracy across their organisation.
Being Numerate

The central component of the Essentials of Numeracy framework. Being numerate means being able to select and use the right maths in the right way in daily life and the workplace. It’s about having confidence with numbers and data in real-life situations.

 

Belief

One of the three components of National Numeracy’s adult learning framework: Value, Belief and Persistence. Belief is understanding, accepting and believing that everyone can improve their numeracy. It’s recognising that ability is not fixed and developing a ‘can do’ attitude.

 

The Challenge

 

 

See National Numeracy Challenge.
The Check-Up

The Check-Up is the initial section of the National Numeracy Challenge. It is an assessment that identifies the current level a learner is functioning at, so that they can be given learning resources tailored to their level.

 

Clinical Check-Up

A version of the Check-Up (see The Check-Up), that has been contextualised to the clinical working environment.

 

Data Sharing Agreement

Before National Numeracy can share personal data with an organisation, the organisation must first agree to the relevant data protection terms and conditions. This agreement is a legal requirement.

 

The Essentials of Numeracy

The Essentials of Numeracy are the skills and attitudes that everyone needs to make good decisions using numbers and data at work and at home. Things like understanding percentages, managing your money, estimation, and planning a journey. The framework covers four distinct areas of maths (Handling Data; Shape, Space and Measures; Operations and Calculations; and Numbers) as well as one key central component (Being Numerate). National Numeracy defined the Essentials following extensive research with employers, unions, maths experts and learners.  When we talk about having the Essentials of Numeracy we’re talking about scoring 80 or more on the National Numeracy Challenge.  This is broadly the equivalent of Level 2 Functional Skills in everyday numeracy.

 

Handling Data

One of the four areas of numeracy included within the Essentials of Numeracy. This area includes making sense of the way numerical information is presented, in order to understand, interpret and evaluate statistical claims and to understand common situations involving probability.

 

HEE

Health Education England, the supporter and funder of the Becoming a Numeracy Champion programme.

 

Home Screen

When learners complete the initial Check-Up as part of the National Numeracy Challenge, they will arrive at their Home Screen. From here learners can access learning resources tailored to their strengths and weaknesses.

 

Initial assessment

 

 

See The Check-Up.
Learner Session

See Numeracy: Busting Myths & Changing Mindsets workshop.

 

National Numeracy Challenge

National Numeracy’s online learning resource, designed to help learners improve their everyday maths skills in manageable steps.

It is possible to request a unique URL for this resource that will allow National Numeracy to track the progress of your learners and provide regular reporting. Contact nnhealthcare@nationalnumeracy.org.uk for a unique URL.

 

National Numeracy Day

National Numeracy Day is a positive, celebratory annual event that helps to reframe attitudes and abilities around using numbers in everyday life. Run by National Numeracy and supported by founding supporter KPMG.

 

National Numeracy (NN)

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. The charity aims to challenge negative attitudes, influence public policy and offer practical ways of helping adults and children improve their numeracy – in the community, the workplace and formal education.

 

Non-clinical Check-Up

A version of the Check-Up (see the Check-Up), that has been contextualised to the non-clinical working environment.

 

Numbers

One of the four areas of numeracy included within the Essentials of Numeracy. This area is about using numbers and understanding the structure of the number system.

 

Numeracy: Busting Myths & Changing Mindsets workshop

A one-hour session with learner groups focusing on busting myths and changing mindsets around numeracy. The session aims to encourage people to take the first step in improving their numeracy by supporting learners to overcome their psychological barriers to learning and providing resources for learners to work on in their own time.

 

Numeracy Champion

A person who is able to: promote numeracy within their organisation; facilitate a learner session; mentor and support those facing maths anxiety; understand what support is available to those struggling with their numeracy; and/or embed a numeracy module into an existing programme or process in their organisation.

 

Numeracy Champions Network

An online platform for those who have completed the Becoming a Numeracy Champion programme, to share their experiences and access materials for championing numeracy in their organisation.

 

Operations and Calculations

One of the four areas of numeracy included within the Essentials of Numeracy. This area is about being able to choose the right mathematical operations to use in a given situation and to combine them effectively (e.g. addition, subtraction, multiplication, division). Skills such as percentage calculations, estimation, and rounding are very useful in everyday life.

 

Persistence

One of the three components of National Numeracy’s adult learning framework: Value, Belief and Persistence. Persistence is recognising that everyone struggles in order to succeed – it’s part of the learning process. Numeracy is like any other skill. We learn from our mistakes.

 

Shape, Space and Measures

One of the four areas of numeracy included within the Essentials of Numeracy. This area includes measurement, scales, common units, unit conversion, the properties of shapes, position and direction.

 

Tracker Report / Challenge Tracker / Data Reporting

Reports provided by National Numeracy, giving information on the progress and participation of learners on the National Numeracy Challenge within a specific cohort.

These reports can take two forms, including either individual-level data about each learner, or headline-level data on overall levels & participation, depending on the organisation’s requirements. Please contact National Numeracy on nnhealthcare@nationalnumeracy.org.uk if you are interested in receiving data reports.

 

Value

One of the three components of National Numeracy’s adult learning framework: Value, Belief and Persistence. Value is the motivation to learn. It’s understanding the importance of maths in everyday life and the benefits of improving numeracy.