Adult numeracy initiative supported in Portsmouth

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PORTSMOUTH is one of the first cities to support an initiative to improve adult numeracy.

The National Numeracy Challenge, which has been launched today on World Maths Day, aims to show millions of people that they can do something to improve their everyday maths skills.

Portsmouth City Council has been working on a numeracy strategy called Portsmouth: A city that counts.

Councillor Rob Wood, cabinet member for children, said: ‘Raising levels of numeracy will help us to secure the necessary step change in the wider skills capacity of residents and workers in the city and support parents and schools in further raising pupils’ educational attainment.

‘For this reason, improving numeracy and maths is also a key objective of the city’s plan for economic growth and improving residents’ employability.’