The Common European Numeracy Framework

More than one million individuals in the Netherlands have problems with numeracy. This can make it very difficult for them to cope in everyday situations. We joined forces with three other countries to design a Common European Numeracy Framework and professional development modules for teachers in adult education.


The objective of this project is to tackle low numeracy levels. People who struggle with numbers and numerical information encounter all kinds of obstacles. How can we offer meaningful education that makes it easier for people to take part in society?

The Common European Numeracy Framework is a tool that has been designed to improve the numeracy attained by individuals. It looks at content, skills and attitude and affective and psychological aspects and is intended for use by teachers, the providers of courses about numeracy, policy makers and politicians.

Besides the European framework, we are also developing a number of professional development courses for teachers who work in adult numeracy education. These courses will be available free online.


This project is ongoing. Once completed, the research results will be summarised here.


01 December 2018 - 30 June 2021


The framework and professional development modules will be based on literature reviews, a European survey and a pilot in a minimum of four countries.

HU researchers involved in the research

  • Kees Hoogland
    • Professor
    • Research group: Mathematical and analytical competence of professionals

Collaboration with knowledge partners

The Common European Numeracy Framework is a collaboration project between HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, the University of Barcelona (Spain), the University of Limerick (Ireland) and BFI Oberösterreich Linz (Austria).