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Section 2. Numeracy across the organisation

The refreshed Skills for Life strategy

The Government’s refreshed Skills for Life strategy, Skills for Life: Changing lives (DIUS, 2009), set a challenging target for numeracy. All providers need to consider their response to this target. These resources will help you plan your strategy and develop your numeracy provision.

Leadership and management

Maths4Life: Thinking Through Mathematics: a practical guide to establishing and managing the mathematics footprint in educational organisation (requires a login)
This paper considers the management of numeracy and mathematics across an organisation. It includes an Organisational Analysis questionnaire.

Leading Mathematics in the Learning and Skills Sector
Information for anyone in the Learning and Skills sector who has a leadership role for mathematics or numeracy.

Excellence Gateway: Local Needs Analysis
Sources of data on local needs and information on how to use the data to support your planning.

The Whole Organisation Approach Framework introduces the detailed Health Check to support self-assessment and planning for Skills for Life, including numeracy.

How are providers responding to the numeracy challenge?

The NCETM Taking the Numeracy Challenge Forward micrositecollects together resources, ideas and approaches to numeracy and houses a number of case studies. The case studies below are particularly relevant to developing strategy.

Two different organisations Colchester Institute and Cumbria Adult Education Service take a whole organisation approach to numeracy.

The Liverpool Community Collegecase study includes a numeracy strategy for employability.

Read here how Essex ACL set about raising the profile of numeracy and developing a positive culture in their organisation

Numeracy is an important skill in care and is used on a daily basis regardless of job role. We are now going to introduce the numeracy skills check as part of the Skills for Care [staff] induction. This will enable us to identify any basic skills needs at an early stage in their employment and staff will be given an opportunity to enrol onto numeracy courses if they wish. We feel this is an important step forward for our organisation and look forward to becoming more involved in the numeracy strategy.

Sue Reilly, Training and Development Officer for Cumbria Care