Urgent action has been called for to address poor numeracy levels amongst working age adults and the associated £20.2bn annual cost to the economy. National Numeracy Day, which takes place on 16 May, is a new event which has been created to drive a change in recognition of the importance of numbers for everyone’s lives.
The impact of technology in the classroom is a hotly contested topic. The OECD says that students glued to tablets all day perform worse and that “more technology doesn’t guarantee better outcomes”, which is true to an extent, but partly due to the fact that they’re no longer getting a classroom experience. Research has shown that top-level classroom success grows by 36 per cent when the right approach is taken to technology.