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Barking dagenham college s principal and ceo yvonne kelly and students taking part in a beat the principal maths game on national numeracy day

National Numeracy Day

18th May 2018

Many of us say we?re not numbers people. But numbers play a big part in all our lives. National Numeracy Day, which was held on Wednesday 16th May, is all about recognising this and helping people sharpen their skills and build their confidence. Being better with numbers isn?t a special talent; it?s something we can all learn.

Barking & Dagenham College supported National Numeracy Day on Wednesday 16th May to help more people feel confident with numbers and improve their skills.

About 300 people visited the College’s Maths and English Hub throughout the day to take part in a series of events.

Students, apprentices and members of the public took part in a range of activities including noughts and crosses, guess the shape, guess the number of sweets in the jar, a detective maths quiz and - the highlight for many of the students - the ‘Beat the Principal’ game.

The activities also included an online Maths Escape Room - those who escaped in 20 mins will received a certificate and one lucky student was picked out of a hat to win the star prize; Ellie Vickers, an 18 year old a Business Admin apprentice from Dagenham, one of 20 people to escape the Online Maths Escape Room, was the lucky recipient of an Amazon Fire tablet.

Head of Maths at the College Danielle Watts said: “Many of us say we’re not numbers people, but they play a big part in our lives. Today’s activities proved this to many people who left the event encouraged to develop their numeracy skills further through the fun and interactive activities that they took part in today.

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