Dyscalculia is a specific learning difficulty affecting a person’s mathematical ability. It is thought that around 6% of the population have dyscalculia. There is no single commonly accepted definition but the Department of Education (DFE) describes it as:
‘…a condition that affects the ability to acquire arithmetical skills. Dyscalculic learners may have difficulty understanding simple number concepts, lack an intuitive grasp of numbers, and have problems learning number facts and procedures. Even if they produce a correct answer or use a correct method, they may do so mechanically and without confidence.’
Understanding Maths Difficulties Workshop
This workshop looks at the different types of dyscalculia and the stages of mathematical development. It explores in detail the key indicators of dyscalculia and how to develop learner’s mathematical skills in the classroom. Delegates will learn how to use a range of concrete and representational models to help understand mathematical concepts.
‘Mathematics is an interconnected subject in which pupils need to be able to move fluently between representations of mathematical ideas. The programmes of study are, by necessity, organised into apparently distinct domains, but pupils should make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems.’ (National Curriculum, 2014)