Voices of Adult Maths Learners

Research has shown that the biggest single factor in adults not taking up maths learning is fear. The stories in this publication are personal accounts of adults who have overcome their own barriers and taken part in adult maths learning to improve life and work prospects for themselves and their families.

The stories illustrate how these adults’ involvement in learning has increased their confidence and enabled them both to continue learning and to progress at work. We hope that these stories will help to dispel the fear of maths, encourage the reader to reflect on their own experiences of maths learning and why it is important in their daily lives, and inspire other adults to take up maths learning. We also hope that it will reinforce the important policy message that encouraging maths learning for adults is good for both the individual and the economy.