6th National Dyscalculia & MLD Conference - SOLD OUT

6th National Dyscalculia & MLD Conference - SOLD OUT

Thursday 26th June 2014

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This unique conference brings together the worlds of research, maths teaching and SEN expertise. You will hear three keynote speakers and be able to choose three workshops from eleven themes that will give you access to cutting edge research and opportunities to engage with leading practitioners and trainers.

For all teachers of numeracy and maths, SENCos and Learning Support teachers, LA inclusion and numeracy support teams and Educational Psychologists.


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"Really excellent speakers who provoked thought at all levels. Can't wait till next year!"

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26th June 2014 - Programme

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Registration, Coffee & Exhibition


Introduction + Paul Moorcraft


Keynote 1: How low achievers are created in Mathematics classrooms - Professor Jo Boaler


Keynote 2: An inclusive intervention approach for children with mathematics difficulties - Dr Sue Gifford


Coffee break & Exhibition


Breakout session 1


  1. The $64,000 question - What works? - Professor Jo Boaler, Professor of Mathematics Education
  2. 1066 and the Narrow Shelf - Andrew Jeffrey, Magic Message Ltd
  3. Cuisenaire rods for times tables - Ronit Bird, Teacher and Author
  4. Practical Geometry – Joe Murray, ATM
  5. VAK Maths - Jane Fisher,
  6. Softly, softly, using qualitative data to evidence pupil progress - Clare Bennett & Lynn Harris, Essex Specialist Teacher Team 
  7. What are the issues of dealing with dyscalculia in secondary schools in the UK? - Eleanor Willard, Psychologist, Lecturer & Teacher Trainer - Bernadette Watkins, SEN Teacher of Maths


Lunch and Exhibition


Breakout session 2


  1. The $64,000 question - What works? - Professor Jo Boaler, Professor of Mathematics Education
  2. Children with mathematics difficulties: does one approach suit all? - Dr Sue Gifford, Principal Lecturer in Mathematics Education
  3. Developing mathematical reasoning with primary aged pupils - Liz Bailey, Independent Education Adviser
  4. Cuisenaire rods for times tables - Ronit Bird, Teacher and Author
  5. VAK Maths - Jane Fisher    
  6. What are the issues of dealing with dyscalculia in secondary schools in the UK? - Eleanor Willard, Psychologist, Lecturer & Teacher Trainer - Bernadette Watkins, SEN Teacher of Maths
  7. Rapid Maths - Rose Griffiths


Coffee break & Exhibition


Breakout Session 3


  1. 1066 and the Narrow Shelf - Andrew Jeffrey, Magic Message Ltd
  2. Developing mathematical reasoning with primary aged pupils - Liz Bailey, Independent Education Adviser   
  3. Practical Geometry – Joe Murray, ATM
  4. Working  in the early years - Helen Farmery, Numicon
  5. Children with mathematics difficulties: does one approach suit all? - Dr Sue Gifford, Principal Lecturer in Mathematics Education
  6. Softly, softly, using qualitative data to evidence pupil progress - Clare Bennett & Lynn Harris, Essex Specialist Teacher Team 
  7. Rapid Maths - Rose Griffiths


Keynote 3: Implementing the New National Curriculum for Mathematics, Challenges and Opportunities - Debbie Morgan


End of conference

*Learning Works reserve the right to change the venue, programme, speakers or course content where necessary without prior notice.

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Conference Fees:

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Full Fee: £290 + VAT

Group discounts:

Groups of 3 or more: £260 + VAT (per delegate)

Fees include all refreshments, lunch and conference materials.

Cancellation Policy

Full refunds can only be made if cancellations are made in writing no later than 28 days before the event otherwise a 50% charge will be incurred. Refunds are not available for cancellations seven days prior to the event. Please click here for the full event booking terms and conditions

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ATM offers teachers the support needed to provide a rich, varied and stimulating mathematics curriculum at all levels.  Membership not only gives you access to the journal (MT) and the fantastic on-line back-catalogue of articles (full of interesting research, articles and ideas), but members also get a generous discount on the brilliant ATM publications.

On top of that there is the inspirational Easter conference offering recognised quality CPD at a discounted rates for members, or why not go to a local branch meeting to meet other like-minded people.

ATM can provide you with your support, ideas and inspiration, so come to our stand at the Dyscalculia Conference to find out more or visit our web site: www.atm.org.uk

dynamologo.jpgDynamo Maths

Dynamomaths for Dyscalculia is a three Stage structured Programme developed to support children who are dyscalculic. It is built around indicators of dyscalculia and gives early warning signs of areas of needs. It offers multi-sensory intervention strategies followed by on-line remediation and paper based worksheets.. Working memory, sequencing skills, auditory, visual processing, subitising and many specific areas of learning are supported within this Programme. DynamoMaths for Dyscalculia is used by SENCo’s to support children struggling with early maths. Request a free trial of the programme here

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Edge Hill University are a well estabilished education centre that teaches and prmotes learning to the highest standard.

We're looking forward to seeing what they have on offer and welcome them to this years conference. http://www.edgehill.ac.uk


The Happy Puzzle Company

The Happy Puzzle Company is a leader in providing educational games, toys and puzzles to schools and other educational establishments. With specialist experience in helping children with dyslexia, dyspraxia as well as gifted and talented children seeking a greater challenge. We currently work with over 13,000 schools in the UK. http://www.happypuzzle.co.uk

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Take advantage of our experience providing product solutions, training and consultancy services to people who have dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, visual impairments, hard of hearing and disabilities requiring ergonomic solutions and other mobility disabilities. What are the benefits to you? Organisations implementing reasonable adjustments in the workplace can create a more productive workforce, SENCOs can support pupils with learning disabilities with the resources available and information for individuals enables the right match of assistive technology to your needs. www.iansyst.com


National Numeracy

National Numeracy is an independent charity that focuses on adults and children with low levels of numeracy. We aim to challenge the prevailing ‘I can’t do maths’ attitude, influence public policy and research, identify and promote effective approaches to improving numeracy. Where possible, we will work in partnership with others to achieve these aims. We are a small team applying our expertise and passion for the issue to address the frequently neglected yet essential role of numeracy in our everyday lives. www.nationalnumeracy.org.uk


National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics is an institution set up in the wake of the Smith Report to improve mathematics teaching in England.

It provides strategic leadership for mathematics-specific CPD and aims to raise the professional status of all those engaged in the teaching of mathematics so that the mathematical potential of learners will be fully realised. https://www.ncetm.org.uk/


NumberGym Software specialises in maths software for school and home. Fantastic on whiteboards. Winner of the Pirelli Award for the Communication of Mathematics, "for its ability to provide children, by means of interactive tools and games, with an informal and fun approach to the complex world of mathematics".

All our software is age neutral, uses bold, clear images and minimal text to reduce distraction. www.numbergym.co.uk


Numicon is a multi-sensory maths teaching program that uses structured apparatus to make numbers ‘real’. Playing to the strong sense of pattern present in all children, the Numicon approach encourages conversation, action and provides clear imagery to build children’s confidence and their ability to understand and apply maths.

With resources for parents and teachers, as well as an NCETM accredited Professional Development programme, we’re here to support you. www.numicon.com

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Oxford University Press (OUP) is a department of the University of Oxford. It furthers the University's objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. Visit OUP

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We develop and distribute tests and related products for professionals in psychology, health, business, general education, bilingual education, special education, and other areas serving people of all ages and cultures. We are committed to meeting the diverse needs of our customers through our people, service, innovation, and technology.Visit Pearson

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Keynote Speakers

Professor Jo Boaler, Stanford UniversityJo Boaler.jpg

How low achievers are created in Mathematics classrooms.

In this presentation I will present the latest research on the brain and learning, including attention to the huge importance of students’ ‘mindsets’ (Dweck) on mathematics achievement and beliefs. I will also consider the ways in which low achievers are constructed in mathematics classrooms by teaching and policy decisions that end students’ potential of success.

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An inclusive intervention approach for children with mathematics diffculties.

In my presentation I will report an ongoing collaborative project which aims to address mathematics difficulties in primary classrooms through an inclusive approach. We are working with teachers to develop open ended activities which also address individual children’s needs. This is a longitudinal study working with children aged 5 to 10 and their teachers and families.

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Implementing the new national curriculum for mathematics, challenges and opportunities.

The New National Curriculum becomes statutory in September 2014. A key challenge of the curriculum is the higher expectations, particularly in calculation and fractions. My presentation will seek to address how we meet these challenges and enable all children to access the curriculum, make progress and most of all enjoy mathematics.

Many of the resources Debbie is going to explore are available free at: www.ncetm.org.uk 

This conference has now past - 2015's conference will be made available very soon.

There are three breakout sessions and 11 different topics to choose from that will give you access to cutting edge research and opportunities to engage with leading practioners and trainers...

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The $64,000 question – What works?

(Session 1)

An hour of discussion, practical suggestions and video to promote  memorable teaching and learning of maths

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Jo is a Professor of Mathematics Education at Stanford University, the editor of the Research Commentary Section of The Journal for Research in Mathematics Education (JRME) and a math teacher and consultant for Udacity. Former roles have included being the Marie Curie Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of Sussex, England, a mathematics teacher in Lon on comprehensive schools and a lecturer and researcher at King’s College, London. She is the author of seven books and numerous research articles.

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1066 and the Narrow Shelf

(Sessions 1 & 3)

In this workshop I will be discussing ways in which the brain processes, stores and retrieves information. This sounds way heavier than it will actually be – we will be doing hands-on stuff to help teachers support children who cannot process mathematical instructions.

There will even be magic tricks learnt and free gifts!

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Andrew is passionate about how children learn maths, and why they sometimes don’t. Having taught for over 20 years he is now a consultant to schools, LAs, and educational organisations both in the UK and around the world. Andrew is a Numicon author, keynote conference speaker, magician and writer, and his publications include ‘100 Top Tips for Top Maths Teachers’, ‘Cool, Calm and Calculators’, and ‘Be a Wizard with Numbers’ (which, you will be relieved to know, is also available in Thai).

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Cuisenaire rods for times tables

(Session 1 & 2)

This hands-on workshop will explore the area model of multiplication and division through Cuisenaire rods. Rods can help children develop reasoning strategies to derive new facts from a few known key facts because their use promotes understanding, rather than counting or memorising. The area model is easily visualised and mathematically sound, which makes it a secure basis for higher-level maths.

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Ronit Bird qualified as a teacher at London University before gaining a Diploma in SpLD. While working with dyslexic pupils, Ronit began to develop strategies and teaching activities to help support pupils experiencing difficulties in maths. Ronit has published three books of practical ideas to help pupils with dyscalculia.

Ronit has taught in both primary and secondary settings, and has worked as a SENCO in both the independent and state sectors. Ronit ran training courses on dyscalculia for Harrow school practitioners as part of the Harrow Dyscalculia Project (2006-9) also working in an advisory capacity with the participating schools. Ronit currently works as a teacher and as a contributor to professional development courses on dyscalculia.

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Pratical Geometry

(Session 1 & 3)

We begin with an activity using a 9-dot grid to make all possible triangles and quadrilaterals......and continue using “shape tiles” to explore symmetry & tessellation, to sort & classify in different ways and to investigate area & perimeter using non-standard units. The workshop will promote the use of DOING and TALKING to developing understanding of shape properties and concept building in area & perimeter. It will be ideally suited to children who have difficulty with drawing tools.

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Joe Murray taught and led mathematics in several schools for more than 30 years. From 2003 he was a National Strategy mathematics consultant for 6 years until retirement. Joe has always had a strong interest in the teaching and learning of children with learning difficulties in mathematics.  Since 2008, Joe has offered free-lance consultancies, successfully completing commissions for NCETM, including the “Teaching Assistants” micro-site. He has arranged 8 regional mathematics conferences offering CPD to teachers in SEN settings and has written materials to support learning for these students.

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VAK Maths

(Sessions 1 & 2)

Come to this workshop ready to explore how much fun Maths is when you sing, dance and paint and play your way through Maths. All the ideas shared are straight from the classroom and you will be able to return to school ready to perform ‘X’ factor Maths, Maths circuit training and let Maths out of your Numeracy hour and into every part of your school day!

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Jane Fisher entered the teaching profession 20 years after qualifying, having run her own successful craft business. Her background in arts and crafts and the experience that a hobby learned as a child led to her previous career has influenced the way she teaches. Jane Fisher taught for 11 years at a primary school with 95%+ EAL pupils. She was Assistant Head and an Advanced Skills teacher. She led Maths from 2008 and 2011, during this time L4+ results rose by 33%. Currently Jane works as KS1 Lead at Farsley Farfield Primary School in Leeds.

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Softly, softly, Using qualitative data to evidence pupil progress

(Session 1 & 3)

Ofsted’s evaluation schedule 2012 emphasises the need for robust data systems in order to maximise progress for all pupils.  But what do you do when ‘number-crunching’ is not enough?  In this workshop we will explore a range of data-gathering tools and ways in which the information gleaned can be used so as to give a true picture of progress made

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Members of the Essex Specialist Teacher Team, with a particular interest in pupils with Cognition and Learning as their main area of need, Clare and Lynn work with primary and secondary schools across the county to develop inclusive practice and to support individual children.  Their work includes the delivery of training on a wide range of SEN related topics.  As former class teachers and SENCos, both Clare and Lynn are committed to exploring ways in which theoretical principles and government initiatives can be used to transform the experience of the child without destroying the work-life balance of staff involved!

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What are the issues of dealing with dyscalculia in secondary schools in the UK?

(Session 1 & 2)

This workshop  will be run from a practical rather than theoretical perspective. There will be an outline of phase one of the findings from the comprehensive school in Nottingham. There will also be a review of strategies and interventions used by the school with students showing dyscalculic tendencies. This session will share good practice and discuss the peaks and pitfalls of dealing with dyscalculia at the chalk face.

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Eleanor Willard

Eleanor is a PhD student at Leeds Metropolitan University. She is examining the effects of dyscalculia on secondary school students. Her interest grew from her time as a teaching assistant and then teacher of Key stages 3 to 5. A scholarship from the university has now allowed her to investigate this area in more depth. She is also a chartered psychologist, lecturer and teacher trainer.

Bernadette Watkins
Bernadette is a SEN teacher of Maths at Fernwood Academy in Nottingham. In partnership with Eleanor Willard she is screening and assessing students with dyscalculic tendencies. She will be using intervention to support these students to reach their full potential in Maths lessons and to reduce their levels of anxieties with Maths.

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Children with mathematics difficulties: does one approach suit all?

(Sessions 2 & 3)

In this workshop we will consider open-ended activities involving visualising and reasoning, which can be used by a whole class, while addressing individual children’s needs. Taking some case studies of children with mathematics difficulties, we will have a go at planning for them.

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Dr Sue Gifford is a principal lecturer in mathematics education at University of Roehampton , who previously worked in London schools as a primary teacher and mathematics consultant. She has researched and published on early years mathematics education and more recently, dyscalculia and mathematics difficulties, with publications in Research In Mathematics Education. Her current research interests include the prevention of mathematics difficulties and a collaborative project developing inclusive approaches for classroom teachers.

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Developing mathematical reasoning with primary aged pupils

(Session 2 & 3)

In my workshop I’ll share a number of simple ideas that I’ve used with children to help them enhance their oral and written mathematical reasoning.  The workshop will be practical and will involve lots of talking and doing!

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Liz is an independent education adviser working across a range of local authorities. In the past she's had two successful primary headships, been a local authority maths adviser, a Primary Strategy Manager, an Ofsted inspector, School Improvement Partner and senior primary adviser for schools. Liz now has the job of her dreams! She is passionate about developing effective teaching and learning in maths. She spends her days in a variety of schools and settings working alongside practitioners, supporting strategic developments in maths, training staff and developing resources and ideas.

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Working in the early years

(Sessions 2 & 3)

Using Numicon’s multi-sensory approach, we will explore how firm foundations in mathematical understanding are achieved through a combination of action, imagery,conversation and structure. The workshop will address the difficulties that early numeracy presents to many children and highlights how, by providing an exciting, number rich environment where children can construct their own understanding, these difficulties can be overcome.

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Helen Farmery is senior lecturer in Primary Education at Middlesex University. She works closely with undergraduate and postgraduate students, supporting them in their training to become the next generation of Primary teachers and early mathematics specialists. As a Teacher Leader for the Every Child Counts Programme she oversaw the professional development of specialist intervention teachers who teach one-to-one numeracy to our lowest achieving primary-aged children. As well as an advisory role for school improvement in the London Borough of Barnet, she has 10 years’ experience as a classroom teacher and as maths subject leader in an outstanding inner-London school. Her regular use of Numicon as a quality first teaching resource, as part of wave three provision with the Every Child Counts programme, and as support for her own daughter who has Down’s Syndrome, has given her valuable first-hand experience in using Numicon.

“I have been with Numicon from the beginning and seen it flourish into the world-wide phenomenon that it is today. The children who have built their mathematical ideas on the firm foundations that this approach provides have grown into confident learners who can’t wait for the next mathematical problem to solve!”

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Rapid Maths

(Sessions 2 & 3)

In my workshop you can find out more about “Rapid Maths”: games, books, ideas and activities that provide a varied, enjoyable and systematic approach to help children become confident with number. We will discuss the principles that lead to effective learning, try out activities, and look at ways of assessing progress.

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Rose’s major teaching and research interests are in mathematics education, including low attainment in mathematics across the 5 to 19 age range. Her record of publications for the mathematics classroom and for children at home has extended over thirty years, with more than 100 titles published.

Rose’s strong interest in vulnerable children led to her establishing the Letterbox Club, for children aged 5 to 13 in foster care, in partnership with Booktrust. There are now over 5,500 looked-after children in the Letterbox Club each year, resulting in improvements in many children’s reading and mathematics.

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