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Britain’s problem with numbers is entirely solvable

National numeracy day is a rallying point in the UK’s ongoing battle to get over its maths problem

By Wendy Jones  

Maths makes people nervous. Being asked to do a spot of mental arithmetic can set the heart racing and the blood pressure rising. If this feels familiar, you are not alone. Maths anxiety is a well aired research subject that attracts a fair amount of interest in the classroom. But it affects a lot of adults too. And many of us let ourselves off the hook by declaring that we are not numbers people, that maths isn’t our thing and that really it doesn’t matter.

But this month we’re all being…

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