Why is Maths important?
Maths is fast becoming one of the most important academic subjects and is one the most in-demand subjects at Bristol Tutors.
We use Maths in every day life – whether that is going to the shops to buy something, budgeting for a holiday or splitting a bill at a restaurant. Sometimes it is so invisible we don’t even really realise we are doing maths in typical every day situations.
Research from Pro Bono Economics has estimated that poor numeracy skills could be costing the UK economy £20.2 billion every year – a cost that is absorbed by individuals, employers and the public sector.
A numerate population is essential for building a strong economy and being able to compete in a global market, which makes Maths a more important subject then ever before.
How does numeracy affect us?
People with inadequate numeracy skills more likely to find it difficult to find employment – according to some studies they could find it almost twice as hard to find a good job.
Data by the OECD has shown that there is a direct relationship between wages and numeracy skills – ie better jobs are taken by those who are numerate and have strong Maths skills.
Studies have shown that pupils beginning secondary school with low numeracy skills are twice as likely to be excluded than pupils starting secondary school with good numeracy skills. The reasons for this are not clear but they are striking findings.
25% of young people held in custody have numeracy levels below those expected of a 7-year-old. Furthermore, almost three quarters of adult prisoners have maths skills either at or below the level expected of an 11-year-old.
Poor maths skills have been linked to low self esteem and confidence. In fact, it has been found that improving numeracy is likely to result in increased overall social confidence.
The digital age
We live in a digital age that places more importance than every before on data and being able to understand it. We use computers to process information but we need to use our own Maths skills to be able to interpret data and make good decisions.
According to Race Online (2012) it is the case that around 90% of graduate jobs now require strong digital skills, which just so happen to be built on having a solid foundation in numeracy and maths.
So, whether you are looking to grow in confidence or career, improving your Maths skills seems to be a good place to start!