8th National Dyscalculia and Maths Learning Difficulties Conference 2016

8th National Dyscalculia and Maths Learning Difficulties Conference 2016

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Wednesday 29th June 2016

This year’s conference was a huge success with over 240 delegates in attendance. It was a thought provoking and stimulating conference that delegates enjoyed and provided us great feedback such as:


"I really enjoyed the day in London, It's so refreshing being around so many practitioners who are on the same page, it's getting rare to find such stimulating ideas and professional conversation in this climate of grades at any cost!"

2016's Keynote speakers

  • Professor David Sheffield
  • Andrew Jeffery

The 2017 conference programme is almost complete - online Early Bird booking will be live soon!

Conference sponsors

 
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29th June 2016 - Draft Programme

08.45

Registration, Coffee and Exhibition

09.30

Introduction

09.35

Keynote 1: Professor David Sheffield - Maths Anxiety: Causes, Consequences and Solutions

10.40

Refreshments and Exhibition

11.10

Breakout session 1

 

  1. Reducing maths anxiety in the primary school classroom - Tom Hunt and David Sheffield, University of Derby

  2. Assessing for Dyscalculia - Alison Shorrock, Independent Assessor and Tutor SpLD

  3. Connecting families, maths and fun  - Alexandra Fitzsimmons, Founder, Maths on Toast

  4. Helping Billy become fluent with the basics - Charlie Harber and Rachel Rayner, Herts for Learning Primary Maths Advisers

  5. Dyslexia and Dyscalculia: exploring issues through case studies - Clare Trott, Maths Support Tutor, MEC, Loughborough University

  6. Errors and misunderstandings in the classroom: KS3&4 - Dr Audrey Curnock, Education Unlimited

  7. Maths out of a bag! - Liz Gibbs, Maths consultant

  8. Mindset Maths - Zebedee Friedman, Mathematics Teacher, Spring Maths

12.10

Lunch

13.10

Keynote 2: Andrew Jeffrey - Why Maths is so Darned Tricky, and what we can do about it

14.10

Breakout session 2

 

  1. Why Cuisenaire is one of the most under-rated resources in schools today! - Andrew Jeffrey, Director, Magic Message

  2. Assessing for Dyscalculia - Alison Shorrock, Independent Assessor and Tutor SpLD

  3. Breaking Barriers with Numicon - Louise Pennington, SEND Consultant (sponsored by OUP)

  4. Mindset Maths - Zebedee Friedman, Mathematics Teacher, Spring Maths

  5. Singapore Maths and Dyscalculia- A perfect match? - Judy Hornigold, Author and Educational Consultant

  6. Errors and misunderstandings in the classroom: KS3&4 - Dr Audrey Curnock, Education Unlimited

  7. Maths out of a bag! - Liz Gibbs, Maths consultant

  8. Maths Talk - Hazel Large, Primary Maths Consultant (sponsored by TTS)

15.10

Refreshments and Exhibition

15.30

Breakout Session 3

 

  1. Why Cuisenaire is one of the most under-rated resources in schools today! - Andrew Jeffrey, Director, Magic Message

  2. Dyslexia and Dyscalculia: exploring issues through case studies - Clare Trott, Maths Support Tutor, MEC, Loughborough University

  3. Breaking Barriers with Numicon - Louise Pennington, SEND Consultant (sponsored by OUP)

  4. Helping Billy become fluent with the basics - Charlie Harber and Rachel Rayner, Herts for Learning Primary Maths Advisers

  5. Singapore Maths and Dyscalculia- A perfect match? - Judy Hornigold, Author and Educational Consultant

  6. Creating a path through the forest of Maths Assessments - Helen Smith, SENCo, Summercroft Primary School

  7. Connecting families, maths and fun  - Alexandra Fitzsimmons, Founder, Maths on Toast

  8. Maths Talk - Hazel Large, Primary Maths Consultant (sponsored by TTS)

16.30

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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Keynote Speakers

Professor David Sheffield

I am Professor of Psychology at the University of Derby. My work focuses on understanding stress and anxiety using  the laboratory and in daily life. In particular, my work has involved testing possible mechanisms underpinning the relationship between maths anxiety and numeracy and maths performance in adults and children. These have ranged from examination of neuro-anatomical processes involved in calculation to examinations the efficacy of interventions designed to reduce levels of maths anxiety in adults and children. I am co-author of the Mathematics Anxiety Scale-U.K. and a Numeracy Apprehension Rating Scale for younger children.

Maths Anxiety: Causes, Consequences and Solutions.

In my presentation, I will describe the work my colleagues and I have been doing on maths anxiety. I will describe the findings of focus groups about numeracy with primary school children. I will discuss how maths anxiety influences calculation processes. Finally, I will share how interventions that focus on anxiety can help alleviate anxiety and improve performance on numeracy and maths tests. 

Andrew Jeffery

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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).

Why Maths is so Darned Tricky, and what we can do about it.

For many children (and a significant number of adults) maths is little more than an un-crackable code full of meaningless symbols. In this Keynote I will explore why this is, and what information we as teachers need in order to help prevent the gaps appearing. Prepare for a fun but serious session!

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Reducing maths anxiety in the classroom

In my workshop I will introduce some of the findings from work conducted into ways in which children’s anxiety can be reduced when faced with numeracy/maths in the classroom. Workshop attendees will work in small groups to discuss new strategies and present ideas to the wider workshop group.

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I am a lecturer and researcher in psychology at the University of Derby. My PhD focused on testing possible mechanisms underpinning the relationship between maths anxiety and mental arithmetic performance. Since then I have been involved in a range of research projects pertaining to maths anxiety, including for example, investigating the effects of time pressure, the concept of worrisome thoughts impeding performance, and the efficacy of interventions designed to reduce levels of maths anxiety. I am co-author of the Mathematics Anxiety Scale-U.K. (Hunt, Clark-Carter & Sheffield, 2011).

David Sheffield 2 cropped.jpgI am Professor of Psychology at the University of Derby. My work focuses on understanding stress and anxiety using  the laboratory and in daily life. In particular, my work has involved testing possible mechanisms underpinning the relationship between maths anxiety and numeracy and maths performance in adults and children. These have ranged from examination of neuro-anatomical processes involved in calculation to examinations the efficacy of interventions designed to reduce levels of maths anxiety in adults and children. I am co-author of the Mathematics Anxiety Scale-U.K. and a Numeracy Apprehension Rating Scale for younger children.

Andrew Jeffery

Why Cuisenaire is one of the most under-rated resources in schools today!

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Fractions, calculations, algebra, pattern – the possibilities are limitless with this amazing resource. Having studied the rods and their uses for many years, in this this hands-on workshop I aim to bring you a ‘top ten’ list of great and easy PRACTICAL ways to support your children’s mathematical mastery.

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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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Alison Shorrock

Assessing for Dyscalculia

We will look at the challenges and latest developments in the assessment of dyscalculia. These include difficulties with: definitions; screening tools; deciding what tests to include; and finding suitable tests for maths attainment. You will have the opportunity to share ideas and, to look at various tests I use in the formal assessment of dyscalculia.

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Alison is a specialist specific learning difficulties tutor and assessor. She carries out diagnostic assessments of children and adults, including students in HE. She holds an assessment practising certificate and is a professional tutor for the Patoss/ Bath Spa University course SpLD/ Dyslexia – The Effective Assessment Report. She has worked in an FE/HE college, in secondary schools and for Bradford Learning Support Service. She is a course tutor/ presenter on Learning Works’ Advanced Diploma ‘Overcoming Barriers to Learning in Mathematics’ (having attained the Diploma herself about 6 years ago). She is keen to develop and improve her assessment for dyscalculia.

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Helping Billy become fluent with the basics

For some children learning the basic number facts seems easy. This workshop aims to deal with the essential business of helping all children to develop number sense.  Through a phased approach we tackle the question of what fluency really is and how do we know when a child is truly fluent.  We model the ‘discovery’ approach that will encourage children to move towards generalisation as well as ‘fluency feeders’ used to rehearse and develop aspects of number sense and to maintain fluency.   Our workshop will be ideal for those teachers from the primary phase who are interested in promoting mental fluency in their classrooms and schools.

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Rachel is joint lead researcher for the Herts for Learning Developing the Foundations for Adaptive Fluency through Number Sense project which aims to determine key factors that make children who grasp number sense concepts rapidly; so successful?  The project also seeks to answer if we can nurture these successful strategies so that they are developed explicitly in all children?  As an adviser she is a strong advocate for enjoyment and positive engagement with her subject, she works with schools to help them change children’s (and adult) attitudes towards mathematics.

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Charlie is joint lead researcher for the Herts for Learning Developing the Foundations for Adaptive Fluency through Number Sense project which aims to determine key factors that make children who grasp number sense concepts rapidly; so successful?  Charlie brings considerable experience of working across the primary age range as a teacher, subject leader and assistant headteacher. She became a consultant in 2009 and was accredited as Local Consultant for Improvement: Primary mathematics in 2010. Charlie gained accreditation as a Numicon and Numicon Intervention trainer in 2012, and is also an accredited NCETM PD Accredited Lead  Consultant. As a consultant, Charlie has a proven track record in working alongside schools through a variety of models, to improve outcomes for all children. She is passionate about nurturing a deep love of mathematics in all children by making maths real, exciting and accessible for all.

Dr Audrey Curnock

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Errors and Misunderstandings in the classroom: KS 3/4

My workshop will look at a range of errors and misconceptions that students have about mathematics.  We will look briefly at what research shows about this and how we can analyse students’ work so that we as teachers can better help our learners to overcome these issues and so improve their understanding and knowledge about mathematics.  How mathematical understanding develops is critical here.  In small groups we will look at examples of student errors collected over a number of years and we will analyse and categorise these.

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Currently I am a Director of an Educational Consultancy called Education Unlimited.  We offer CPD to schools and colleges in both  Mathematics and leadership.  One of our Workshops is particularly popular “Soft Skills for Middle Leaders.”  We hold the NCETM charter mark for accreditation. I write PGCE materials for local colleges, and take on project work. Last year I designed and delivered a Stats workshop for the DfE.  I also spoke at the ATM conference. I trained and practised as a Mathematician for 25 years lecturing in Universities, and progressing to University administration & management.  I hold degrees of BSc(Hons), MPhil and a PhD in Mathematics.

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Maths out of a bag!

Wherever I go, I have to be prepared.  Over a number of years, I’ve carried a small number of favourite resources in my handbag and I have found these invaluable when visiting schools, working with children or talking to teachers.  These are my most trusted resources.  I’ve since developed a larger maths bag to take with me into schools I visit regularly and work with groups of children.  Once I was spotted arriving at one of my schools by a Year 6 child and heard him say to his teacher, ‘Look, she’s the one with the magic maths bag, please can I go and work with her?’ I’d like to share with you my favourite resources.  This is a hands on workshop, so if you decided to attend, please do make sure you have a camera with you to take pictures of the resources and activities on offer.

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Liz is an experienced classroom teacher, subject leader, local, national and international adviser.  She has nearly 20 years of full time teaching experience in the classroom and has taught children from the ages of 4 to 13 years.  In 2005, Liz joined the National Whiteboard Network as a director then ICT director, writing training course materials and teaching resources for the DfE. Liz moved on to become a part-time post as a LA adviser and freelance consultant before becoming a fulltime consultant in 2011. Since then Liz has worked nationally and internationally working chiefly in Asia and latterly, Europe and the Middle East. Liz continues to teach and works hard to maintain a healthy balance between school-based work with teachers and children, school improvement work and delivering workshops, courses and conferences.

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Breaking Barriers with Numicon (sponsored by OUP)

During this activity led session you will experience what children experience when learning maths with Numicon. A fun fresh approach for children who struggle with key mathematical ideas and early number. Consider what you can do to make a difference to their learning: supporting children to break down the barriers of their mathematical learning, identified through diagnostic assessment and addressed through personalized learning.

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Louise is an independent consultant in the field of SEND and a lead Numicon consultant and author. She is an associate lecturer for Manchester Metropolitan University and worked in partnership with the university to deliver the National award for SENCOs in her previous role as manager of a Loval Authority specialist teaching team, where she was also the LA specialist teacher for SEN in maths and Dyscalculia. Louise is an Achievement for All Coach- a national not for profit charity that transforms the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people, those who are looked after and have SEND by working with schools to ensure the best possible outcomes for these children.

Hazel Large

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Ever wondered what’s going on inside your pupils’ minds when they are doing maths? This workshop will explore ways to develop mathematical talk in the classroom and discover more about your pupil’s mathematical thinking and understanding; with practical activities and simple question stems you can easily weave into your daily practice.

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Hazel Large is an experienced teacher and freelance primary mathematics consultant with over 20 years experience of working in Primary Schools and with local authorities. She is an NCETM CPD Standard holder and is an approved NCETM PD Accredited Lead. Hazel is passionate about mathematics teaching and learning and is particularly interested in developing children’s thinking, reasoning and mathematical talk through questions and structured activities. She has had a range of resources published including resources to support thinking, reasoning and communication in mathematics. Hazel believes in a hands-on approach to all her workshops in a bid to ‘bring maths to life’ for teachers and children.

Judy Hornigold

Singapore Maths and Dyscalculia- A perfect match?

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This workshop will highlight the origins of Singapore Maths and will show how the Singapore Maths approach can support learners with Dyscalculia and Maths Learning Difficulties generally. It will be hands on with time for discussion and debate and will link to the framework of the new National Curriculum

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Judy is a Lecturer in Inclusion at Edge Hill University and an Associate Tutor for the BDA. She is also a trainer for Maths No Problem training teachers in Singapore Maths.  She is a primary trained teacher and a qualified specialist teacher in dyslexia and dyscalculia. Judy has delivered lectures and workshops on dyslexia and dyscalculia throughout the UK and abroad and has published two books of lesson plans for learners with dyscalculia. She is passionate about the teaching of maths and supporting learners with dyscalculia and maths learning difficulties in general.

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Mindset maths

In my workshop I will discuss different strategies than can be used in the classroom to promote a growth mindset. These will include:-
• Using Learning Journeys
• Learning through Inquiry
• Celebrating mistakes as opportunities to move learning forward
• Building resilience by supporting pupils to develop and use strategies to when they get ‘stuck.’

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I have taught mathematics since the early nineties and in that time I have come to believe that Joint Practice development is key and that we can work collaboratively to improve outcomes and classroom practice in mathematics. I have been especially influenced by John Hattie and Malcolm Swan, as well as Helen Hindle and her work on Growth Mindsets in mathematics, and Andrew Blairs work on Inquiry mathematics. I have recently set up my own website which aims to bridge the gap between good resources and how to use these effectively in classrooms.

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Clare Trott

Dyslexia and Dyscalculia: exploring issues through case studies

In the context of dyslexia, the workshop will consider reading and writing mathematics and memory for mathematics, while two dyscalculic case studies will discuss issues relating to basic number and the representation of information in tables and graphs. The workshop will seek to show some of the differences between dyslexia and dyscalculia and highlight some possible ways forward.

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I am a member of the Mathematics Education Centre at Loughborough University and provide one-to-one mathematics support for students with additional needs. This includes both neurodiverse students and those students who are low in Mathematical confidence. We support students from nearly all the departments on campus. Maths support includes reading and writing mathematics as well as help with memory for mathematics and support with revision and exams. I am particularly interested in dyscalculia and in the effects of dyslexia in mathematics although our student support covers the full range of neurodiversity.

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Helen Smith

Creating a path through the forest of Maths assessments

I will share my journey through the confusing forest of Maths Assessments by linking specific areas of maths difficulties with assessments, their strengths and limitations. I will suggest a possible solution to the gap between class and specialist assessments, so that we can better understand a child’s difficulties and develop a targeted response.

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Since graduating from Homerton College, Cambridge with a B.Ed Hons in 1984 I have worked as a class teacher from Year 1 to 6 and for the past 15 years as a SENCo and support teacher at a primary school in Bishop’s Stortford, Herts. This role has put me in the fortunate position of being able to work with children both in groups and an individual basis to help them overcome difficulties in literacy and maths. I have recently completed an advanced diploma on “Overcoming Barriers to Learning Maths” which has given me the opportunity to focus on maths difficulties, assessments and responses.

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Connecting families, maths and fun

In this workshop I will be seeking to pass on our practical knowledge and experience by giving you a chance to try out some of the maths activities we run with families. I’ll also share our principles of working – ways to create family friendly experiences that are also mathematically rich, and how to inspire families to come in the first place!

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I founded Maths on Toast as a charity in 2012, because it was clear that families had little support and opportunity to do maths together for fun. By background I am a museum professional, with a particular interest in family learning, but I also studied maths at university. Maths on Toast combines these twin passions and we work in all the places families are found – with maths activities for school settings, family friendly places, and the home. We work closely with families and professionals, drawing on craft, games, music and more to develop collaborative, creative, enjoyable maths activities.

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