City’s million-pound investment in basic maths training for adults

With the cost-of-living crisis affecting nearly all of us it’s never been more important to be able to manage your finances, spot a bargain and work out what offers the best value for money.
But not everyone can.
So a new numeracy teaching programme worth nearly a million pounds run by Brighton & Hove City Council is offering FREE courses to local adults who may have struggled with maths at school and not been able to learn basic numeracy skills. 
The council’s ‘Multiply’ programme is aimed at adults aged 19+ who didn’t get Level 2 or GCSE maths. 
People from all backgrounds – including those whose first language isn’t English –  can choose from range of free, flexible training options. These include free personal tutoring or digital training.
The council is offering the courses through a number of local training agencies across the city. They include:

  • Brighton MET
  • Albion in the Community
  • the Russell Martin Foundation
  • Whitehead and Ross, and 
  • Aldridge Adult Training.

Local charity the Grace Eyre Foundation is also running courses aimed specially at adults with a learning disability and / or autism.
The chair of the council’s children, young people and skills committee, Councillor Hannah Allbrooke, said: “Not everyone leaves school with all the skills they need. So it’s so important we ensure that opportunities are available for adults to learn too. 

"We want everyone to be able to use basic maths in everyday daily life, both at home and at work. 
“It’s about everyday things like helping with household finances, helping children with homework and improving the numeracy skills you can use at work.”

The city’s Multiply programme is part of a national scheme funded by the government.

See here for further information about the Multiply basic numeracy scheme in Brighton & Hove.