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Why are we needed?
It’s estimated that approximately 8 million working age adults in England have inadequate numeracy skills. Just as alarming is that approximately 5 million adults are without functional literacy skills.
“Quest for Learning works to build links with families, promoting home literacy and numeracy. Providing tools for parents and carers empowers them to support their children’s education”
These shocking figures throws focus on our future generations. A report published by the National Literacy Trust in 2014 found that children from deprived backgrounds need extra help if they are to achieve levels similar to those from higher-income homes. At age 5, children from low-income homes are already, on average, over a year behind their peers in their range and use of vocabulary. This gap in attainment continues. Only 38.7% of children eligible for Free School Meals gained at least a C grade in English and Maths at GCSE level in 2013 compared with 65.3% of children from higher income households.
National Numeracy’s paper ‘Attitudes Towards Maths’ reports that, “Negative attitudes, rather than a lack of innate talent, are at the root of our numeracy crisis. Negative attitudes towards maths are damaging, leading to disengagement, increased anxiety and a lack of confidence. Unfortunately for millions of adults and children in the UK, ‘I can’t do maths’ has become a self-fulfilling prophecy. If we can create a more positive and confident culture around maths and numeracy, we expect to see a positive impact on skills and attainment in the UK.”
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