“There is still much debate as to what dyscalculia is; whether and when the term should be used; and whether it should be seen as a separate disorder or the lower end of a continuum of ability or achievement in mathematics.”
(What works for Children with Mathematical Difficulties? DfE, 2009)

Mathematical learning difficulties can often create as many obstacles to future wellbeing and performance in adult life as the experience of a literacy difficulty, yet far less appears to be known about mathematical difficulties.

Although no formal world-wide definition appears to have been adopted for dyscalculia, it is now widely accepted that there are between 3 and 5 % of the population who do experience significant difficulties in the acquisition of mathematical skills and knowledge.

When a child or young person experiences an engaging and motivating environment within which to develop their mathematical skills and knowledge, research has shown that children can progress and overcome their barriers to learning. This section aims to provide information and advice relating to mathematical difficulties, including developmental dyscalculia and strategies to enable teachers to deliver quality teaching.

Here you will find checklists and handouts to offer information and advice for teachers and parents. You can download the advice for your own personal use only. The Copyright for the handouts remains with the author and publisher.