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Everything you need to know about Multiply

It’s time to stop saying: “I’m no good at maths”. You’ve probably never heard someone say: “I’m no good at reading”. But what about: “I’m no good at maths”?

Saying you are ‘bad at maths’ has become almost accepted in Britain. And with around 49 per cent of the UK’s working-age population possessing low numeracy skills, it’s not untrue. Maths is a very black and white subject, with normally only one right answer, (although there may be lots of different ways to get there). Many of us have been put off maths because in the past either it has proven too difficult, or we have had a negative experience at school. But the fact is, lacking confidence in maths impacts upon us every day.

From working out our weekly household budget and factoring in our rising energy and fuel bills, to finding the best value mobile phone deal, comparing mortgage rates or just simply deciding whether that supermarket multi-buy offer on tinned tomatoes is as good as it seems, we are all faced with maths challenges in all areas of our lives.

Never has it been so important to be able to be able to ‘do the maths’ – with double-digit inflation, the highest for 40 years, the cost of heating a home up 150% and food prices up 20%.

If you are a parent or carer of a child in school, you will probably be asked to help with maths homework. Parents and carers want to help their children with numbers too, whether for school homework or just everyday maths. Improving your own confidence and skills can have a positive effect on your children’s maths too.

So, what’s the answer?


Multiply is a new government-funded programme of FREE courses to help adults across the UK improve their numeracy skills.

Multiply courses are open to anyone living in Dorset aged 19+ who doesn’t currently have maths GCSE at grade C (or equivalent).  The courses are being offered across the county in-person or via online tutorials, all in small, relaxed and informal groups, led by friendly professional tutors.

And you can choose the right course to fit your needs:

Get Number Confident courses include everyday skills, such as managing your money and understanding data like interest rates and percentages. 

Get Maths Confident for Work is designed for people who want to enhance their employability skills – and is great preparation if you are thinking about taking maths qualifications but are wanting to brush up your basic skills first.

If you get the maths ‘bug’ you can even move on to more advanced courses including GCSE and Level 2 Functional Skills. These can help level up your CV and other qualifications, as well as grant you access to further study. 

All courses are tailored so you can learn at a pace to suit you, and there is bespoke support from Skills & Learning tutors.

Isn’t it time to stop saying: “I’m no good at maths” and do something about it?

Skills & Learning Adult Community Education is hosting an Open Day at the Dolphin Shopping Centre in Poole on 6th January from 12pm to 4pm to give more details of Multiply and its other adult education courses.  Come along and find out more. Or click here to sign up to a Multiply course today.

Find out more on the Skills For Life website.