At school.. I hated maths. My brain didn’t understand numbers, algebra, fractions, percentages and because of that I would act out and end up not listening in class! (I know, naughty Hannah!) I scraped a C at GCSE with the support of a maths tutor and many arguments with my parents and felt extremely relieved that I didn’t have to go to maths classes ever again.
I was grateful to have scraped that C as most University’s only consider you with a grade C or above at GCSE in English and Maths, and I was able to attend York St John to study Theatre, which I loved.
As an adult, I have since realised that maths is actually really important. But not the maths that I was necessarily taught at school..
As an adult, I use numeracy every day. From when I am shopping looking at prices and hunting for that yellow sticker.. to looking at my heating dial and setting the temperature.. understanding my gas and electricity bills or looking at my bank balance and working out how much money I have left for the month.
Every day I am working with numbers and using those skills to navigate through life.
So why are we not taught how to understand bills or the cost of running a household in schools? Why are we not taught how to apply for a mortgage or how to understand your payslip?
I believe that if numeracy was taught in schools to support people with their every day lives, people would be better at budgeting and understanding their finances in every day life.
Hannah is our Impact Manager at Better Connect. Her role is to show the impact that Better Connect and our programmes are making in many different ways such as through social media, our website, networking, events and presentations. Hannah is passionate about creating positive environments that people feel safe to be themselves in, especially at work. She loves building strong relationships with partners, meeting new people and really getting to know why people are the way they are and why they do what they do!
Hannah loves being creative and getting into ‘flow’ with her work. She loves making things and being involved in the creative process. Hannah loves working for Better Connect because she gets to have variety in her role and appreciates the positive culture and focus on wellbeing.Learn more about Hannah