Numeracy provides a national framework and badge system for employability skills.

Numeracy is one of the careercred and CBI (Confederation of British Industry) core skills for the workplace. This badge is about your ability to manipulate numbers, your general mathematical awareness and its application in practical contexts and your ability to select and use data to support your position.

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To earn this badge you need to demonstrate the following abilities:

  • General mathematical awareness
  • Ability to apply general mathematical awareness in practical contexts
  • Ability to evaluate data quality, select appropriate data and use data to support arguments

To demonstrate these abilities you must complete the following FOUR tasks:

  1. Self-assess your general mathematical awareness
  2. Take a practice numeracy test
  3. Use data to support an argument
  4. Assess your numeracy skills

Further information and guidance concerning these tasks, including templates to complete, can be found on the badge application page and also on the Numeracy Skills Badge page on the careercred website.

To earn the Careercred Numeracy Skills Badge you must complete the FOUR missions listed below.

Information and guidance

Remember, if you are awarded this badge, the evidence you provide will be attached to the digital badge. You may want to display your badge (and the evidence you provide in this form) to employers and other interested parties. So ensure that you are happy that any evidence you provide is a genuine reflection of you, your skills and achievements.

  • MISSION 1 - ASSESS YOUR GENERAL MATHEMATICAL AWARENESS First, review the Department for Education numeracy skills overview Here. Links to more maths awareness resources can be found on the Careercred Problem Solving Badge page


__________________________________________ MISSION 1 - ASSESS YOUR GENERAL MATHEMATICAL AWARENESS __________________________________________ This mission asks you to self-assess your own general mathematical awareness. The areas of numeracy are those identified by the Department of Education as being important for entry to the teaching profession and they form the basis of the DfEs professional skills test in numeracy. For each area of numeracy, rate your current ability using the traffic light system where red = improvement needed, orange = confident, but some improvement needed and green = very confident at this level. There are no incorrect answers. To understand the level of numeracy at which you should be operating, review the DfEs support materials here: For each area if you can follow the examples without any difficulty then rate yourself as green. If the area of numeracy and the examples are very difficult for you to follow then rate yourself as red. The purpose of this exercise is to identify areas of numeracy where you may need to improve either prior to your next job or whilst on the job. Employers value a critical awareness of strengths AND weaknesses much more highly than general statements of competence.

Choose one of the numeracy areas that you have assessed as GREEN and give examples of where you have demonstrated this competency (e.g. in a piece of academic work, in a work setting etc.)
Choose one area of numeracy that you have assessed as RED (or ORANGE). Describe a situation(s) or task which would have been easier if you were more comfortable with your ability.

__________________________________________ MISSION 2 - TAKE A PRACTICE NUMERACY TEST __________________________________________ Take one of the practice numeracy tests here: Each test has 18 questions to be answered in a total of 24 minutes. The questions test some of the areas of numeracy identified in Mission 1 and also your numerical reasoning ability. Some of the questions are quite demanding not least because they are timed. You will need a calculator.

__________________________________________ MISSION 3 - USE DATA TO SUPPORT AN ARGUMENT __________________________________________ Selecting and using data to support an argument is a skill that is required daily in many jobs. Describe a situation in which you have used data in this way. This might have been in a piece of academic work, in a presentation, in a work setting, in a team or club in any situation where data helped your case.

Explain why data was chosen (or not chosen) and where the data came from. Describe how the data was presented, e.g. in table, graph, other media etc.
For example, did the data help remove objections, did the data support qualitative findings or ideas, did the data give you confidence?

__________________________________________ MISSION 4 - ASSESS YOUR NUMERACY SKILLS __________________________________________ Rate your ability on the five point scale below on each of the THREE Numeracy Skills. Then, justify and support your ratings by completing parts A, B, C in the textboxes below.

Part A is analytical, not descriptive. You should justify your assessment of your skills by analysing the evidence that you submitted to complete the missions. When re-considering the missions you have completed you might reconsider what went well or what went badly and seek to analyse the reasons why they went well or badly and what the consequences were for your own skills development.
In Part B you should sum up what you have learnt about yourself as a result of completing the missions and this self-assessment exercise. What did you learn about your current level of knowledge or competence? What could or should you have done differently? What stopped you from doing this?
Part C should build on Parts A and B to identify the main areas for improvement and describe specific actions designed to address these areas. Your action plan should flow naturally from the conclusions you reached in Part B. Where your conclusions identified areas for improvement, these should be addressed in the action plan. Even where the learning and development experience was positive you should identify how you can improve further. You should justify the selected actions by explaining why you plan to do them and what outcome you hope to achieve.
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