A parent’s perspective

Jude O’Connor 

Dyscalculia Specialist Tutor – Tunbridge Wells – Kent – TN4


Jude says, 


‘I am a qualified teacher who specialises in teaching children and adults who find maths especially difficult.


I aim for my lessons to be challenging yet enjoyable, using a variety of hands-on equipment, games and resources that develop greater understanding of the concepts that underpin maths and help to alleviate the anxiety that often comes hand-in-hand with more traditional teaching methods.


I work alongside my students to develop a highly individualised programme of support, building on their confidence with carefully planned incremental steps towards their personal goals.’


Jude can be contacted here – 




Tel – 07923448564



Jane Hoyer 

Dyscalculia Specialist Tutor – Retford – DN22


Jane says, 


‘Since I was eight years old I wanted to be a teacher for those who struggle with maths. Therefore, qualifying with a Post Graduate Certificate in Dyscalculia fulfilled my dreams.


As a dyslexic I have great empathy for students who face learning challenges and have learning anxiety.


I have a PGCE (Maths) and have taught maths in mainstream secondary schools as well as at a specialist college for the deaf and to adults.

It is interesting to consider that I have now qualified in a field that did not exist when I started maths teaching. I am now qualified to plan specific structured teaching for those who are dyscalculic or struggle with maths.


Specialist multi-sensory tutoring of this nature is best delivered face to face as hands-on, fun, tailored sessions are an important element of effective understanding. However, on-line options are also available.


My aim is to equip students to tackle the challenges they face, have the self confidence to overcome them and to achieve their potential’


Jane teaches young people and adults and can be contacted here – 




or take a peak at her website here – 





Breda McKinney- Dyscalculia Assessor

Tilehurst – Reading 


In addition to my Level 7 SpLD-Dyscalculia qualification, I am a qualified teacher (QTS) and experienced SENCO.  I have been teaching children and young people with Dyscalculia and mathematical difficulties for over fifteen years. I teach both Maths and English from Reception Year upwards and have prepared many students for the 11+ and Common Entrance exam phases.


I use specialist assessments including the Feifer Assessment for Mathematics (FAM), Steve Chinn Anxiety questionnaire and Symbol Digit Modalities Test (SDMT) to form a picture of need and develop a teaching plan bespoke to each student’s individual learning needs. I ascertain the point at which a child’s learning progress is secure, and I work from there, building on understanding and progress as well as addressing any gaps in learning which in turn, leads to increased self-confidence in the student.


Incorporated within my teaching is the development of sound study skills which prepare them for exams in both the primary and secondary phases. I teach the skills and strategies required to support students in learning to answer exam questions and to develop greater confidence and speed. Within this work I include activities designed to ensure that pupils have developed the necessary mathematical vocabulary and reading skills to enable them to accurately read and understand mathematical word problems.


With twenty years’ experience of supporting children and young people with learning challenges in both State and Independent schools as well as tutoring, I have a wealth of knowledge of the strategies and pathways that support students to experience academic success and achieve increased self-confidence.


You can contact Breda by email here – 


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Marlo Kinnear

I teach part time in a primary school as a Year 5 class teacher and part time as a specialist teacher working with learners who find Maths/English challenging.  I completed my Post Graduate Certificate (Level 7)  in Education, Dyscalculia and Dyslexia  at Edgehill University.  I am now able to assess and diagnose Dyslexia and Dyscalculia and make recommendations for access arrangements.

In reference to services offered – I see students in their school.

Presently undertaking National Award for SEN Coordination NASENCO with Real Group
Post Graduate Diploma – Merit (Level 7) Education (Dyscalculia) Edgehill University September 2021
PG Cert SpLD – Merit (Level 7 – Dyslexia) with AMBDA/ATS December 2021

Level 5 Diploma in Strategic Teaching and Support for Dyslexic Learners – Dyslexia Action June 2018
EAL Academy/ University of Greenwich (Level 5) – Supporting the learning of pupils with English as an additional language (EAL) in multicultural settings -2020 (online course)
Kingston University Masters Professional Studies in Education (EBD) 2004-2006
(QTS) Qualified Teacher Status in the United Kingdom 2005
University of Winnipeg, Canada Bachelor of Education Degree Elementary stream (K-8) major in Physical Activity and Sports Studies, minor in English. 1996-2000
Red River Community College, Canada Fetal Alcohol Syndrome/Effects Support Worker Program 1998-2000
Graduated from Churchill High School (honours) – 1996

Assessment at: Tutors home / place of business.

Preferred Age Range:    7-15 years

Contact: marlo@mkdda.co.uk or 07986067711

Based: Wandsworth, London Borough of Wandsworth, Greater London, England, SW18 1UJ, United Kingdom

Website: mkdda.co.uk

Stephanie Madden

I am a specialist numeracy practitioner with 15 years of experience working with students with maths difficulties, maths anxiety, and dyscalculia. I support students from my private practice in Stratford upon Avon, offering tutoring and assessments and offering support for students in schools. I have a PGCE and PG Diploma in maths difficulties and dyscalculia and am one of a handful of specialist tutors in the UK who can diagnose dyscalculia.

Qualification: PG Diploma Dyscalculia AMBDA 

Assessment at Tutors home / place of business, Tuition at tutors home / place of business, Online tuition

Preferred Age Range: 7 to 16 years 

Testimonial from a client: “I cannot thank Steph enough for the support she has given our daughter. Firstly assessing her needs with such accuracy and then finding fun and engaging ways to fill in the gaps. She has removed the fear from maths and we have seen a step change in our daughters confidence.”

Contact: steph@testingtimesmaths.com or 07967 833721 

Based: Stratford-on-Avon, Warwickshire, West Midlands, England