Whether you shudder at the thought of using maths, or you love analysing numerical data. Maths can be daunting for lots of professionals in the public sector, especially since some roles require maths usage daily

If this is you and your colleagues, fear not. Our Understanding Maths for the Workplace bespoke training course has been specifically designed to help either brush up on your maths skills or gain a refresher, in a supportive and encouraging environment.

Through a mixture of excel based tasks, interactive exercises and support from the trainer; gain the confidence and skills to not just better understand maths, but also interpret and question numerical information when presented to you.  Leave the day confident in using maths in the workplace.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand basic mathematical principles
  • Use public sector examples to carry out maths tasks
  • Gain the confidence to interpret and question numerical information
  • Practise producing graphs and tables by using raw data
  • Learn how to work out the probability of something happening
  • Improve your problem-solving skills
All the Understanding ModernGov courses are Continuing Professional Development (CPD) certified, with signed certificates available upon request for event.

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09:25 - 09:30


09:30 - 10:00

Trainer’s Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives

10:00 - 11:00

First Steps: Basic Maths Principles

  • Brush up on key mathematics principles: multiplication, division, decimals and fractions
  • Algebra: why do we need it?
  • Basic principles of algebra
  • Key maths terminology: common business and financial acronyms
  • Take a quick maths quiz
11:00 - 11:15

Morning Break

11:15 - 11:45

Working Out Percentages

Through public sector workplace examples, delegates will work through percentage calculations

  • Gain the confidence to work out percentages
  • Understand excel formulas that can help you work out percentages
  • Use real-life public sector data to work out percentages
  • Measure proportions and rates of change
11:45 - 12:00

Utilising Graphs and Charts

Through excel and laptops, delegates will work with the trainer to produce graphs through raw data.

  • Learn about the different types of graphs:
    • Pie charts
    • Line graphs
    • Bar graph
    • Scatter plot
    • Stem and plot
    • Histogram
  • Practise producing graphs by using raw data provided by the trainer
  • Understand how you can interpret graphs and charts
  • Gain the confidence to question what is being presented to you
12:30 - 13:00


  • What is probability?
  • Learn the key principles of probability
  • Gain the confidence to predict a chance of something happening
  • Understand the different of ways of achieving success
13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:45

Financial Reports and Formulas

  • Gain the confidence to interpret financial reports
  • Performance measurement in the public sector
  • Budget reporting
14:45 - 15:00

Afternoon Break

15:00 - 16:00

Problem Solving Exercises

  • In groups, you will carry out problem solving tasks that are relevant to the public sector
  • Gain the skills and confidence to solve complex problems
  • Take a problem-solving test
  • Pose your maths questions to the trainer
16:00 - 16:15

Round Up and Key Takeaways