National Numeracy held its spring forum where the above issue was central to the debate.
There is always interesting an debate at these forums. They draw a diverse audience and typically cover all ages in the learning journey.
Catherine Paulson-Ellis of Sheaf Valley Education and formerly of BIS/DfE argued that a buoyant labour market disguises the growing problem of low numeracy. She noted that the effects of poor numeracy show themselves as a general lack of confidence and avoidance of certain tasks, masking the basic skill gap.