Numbers are everywhere and knowing how data are used is key to understanding the world and to developing a strong economy. We believe that all school leavers should be able to use and interpret data effectively to make evidence-informed choices and decisions.

We all know that statistics is an important area of study within mathematics but it’s also a crucial tool for subjects ranging from biology, medicine and engineering through to the environmental sciences, geography, psychology and sociology.

Our interest in promoting statistical education has two main strands: our policy work seeks to influence the education curriculum, particularly in secondary schools. We also support teaching through a range of resources.

Our work in this area is overseen by our vice-president for education and statistical literacy, supported by our Education and Statistical Literacy Committee and our Education Policy Advisory Group.

The RSS Education and Statistical Literacy Committee

The Education and Statistical Literacy Committee’s three areas of interest are statistical education practice, promoting careers in statistics and developing statistical literacy.

It works with teachers and practitioners in all levels of education and promotes interaction between statisticians and those in the teaching profession to support high quality teaching of statistics. It encourages good practice in the teaching of statistics and supports outreach initiatives in schools. The committee also oversees the Society’s statistical career promotion activities.

The committee comprises a chair (the vice-president for education and statistical literacy) and up to twelve members, supported by the RSS director of policy and public affairs and the education manager.

Education Policy Advisory Group

The Education Policy Advisory Group (EPAG) provides advice and helps to formulate the Society’s consultation responses, research and policy work in statistical education. EPAG also liaises on behalf of the Society with other key influencing organisations on education research and policy.

The group comprises at least four members and is chaired by the Society’s vice-president for education and statistical literacy. EPAG’s work is facilitated by RSS staff, primarily the education manager.