Maths Anxiety Awareness Day

The Dyscalculia Network announces inaugural Maths Anxiety Awareness Day, on Wednesday 10th November 2021, in partnership with Learnus and The Maths Anxiety Trust. The day will culminate at 5pm with a live webinar.


Bringing education trusts and communities together to tackle the issue.

Event Summary

  • We will launch the initiative with a video presentation on maths anxiety by a well-known published and prominent speaker on maths anxiety. This will be published live around 10 days before the event.
  • Publications – There have been a number of publications of articles in recent years about Maths Anxiety.
    • We plan to re-establish contact with these journalists and publishers to inform them about the Maths awareness day and work with them to write about this initiative.
    • We will also contact most of the teaching publications to inform them of our plans.
    • We will promote the Math Anxiety Awareness Day by contacting the main maths online sites to investigate opportunities for cross promotion.
  • Measuring Maths Anxiety – We will post a video talking about: Measurement. What different tests are available and how they work. We will interview an academic, involved with maths anxiety. This will be published live around 5 days before Awareness Day.
  • My experiences of maths anxiety – We have two case studies of individuals (an adult and a child), where we will podcast a Q & A with them and they can discuss openly their experiences.
  • We will post regularly on our social media to promote the ‘Awareness Day’. This will cover the 10 day period before the ‘day’ but also will be extended for 5 days afterwards to make use of the publicity we will generate.
  • Things you can do to help combat maths anxiety – We plan to give some ideas and plans for both the pupil and the teacher via a series of posts on social media, which will include a number of free downloads from The Dyscalculia Network and the Maths Anxiety Trust website.
  • Partners – We plan to work with a number of our ‘maths’ partners to promote both the day itself and also the webinar event. These individual plans will be detailed separately.

Live Webinar

The day’s events will culminate in a live webinar at 5pm (lasting approximately 2 hours), featuring a number of well-known and respected figures in this field of work:

  • Steve Chinn
  • Dr Thomas Hunt
  • Sue Johnston-Wilder
  • Jane Emerson
  • Rob Jennings

Each person will give a short presentation on their view on Maths Anxiety and its impact on pupils and on our wider society. The talk will end with a live Q&A to our panel.

Steve Chinn

Steve Chinn, PhD FRSA

Steve is a visiting professor at the University of Derby, UK. Internationally regarded as an expert in the field of maths learning difficulties, Steve Chinn has spent his career focused on understanding and supporting students overcome their maths difficulties. He has written eight books and numerous articles and papers on teaching and learning maths.

Dr Thomas Hunt

Tom is Associate Professor in Psychology at the University of Derby. Dr Tom Hunt focuses his work on maths education and the interplay between emotion and mathematical processing. This encompasses factors such as maths anxiety, maths resilience, maths confidence, maths self-efficacy, and maths attitudes. Tom is also a member of The Maths Anxiety Trust committee. He is author of numerous papers and regularly speaks in the UK and internationally on the subject of maths anxiety.

Sue Johnston-Wilder

Sue Johnston-Wilder

Sue is Associate Professor, Mathematics Education, University of Warwick. Sue Johnston-Wilder specialises in Mathematics Education, and in particular, inclusion and empowerment in maths: through use of technology, history of maths, apparatus, modelling interesting applications, addressing maths anxiety and developing mathematical resilience. She works with teachers, learners, parents and supporters of maths learning. Sue is a Chartered teacher of Mathematics, Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Jane Emerson

Jane Emerson

Jane is Founder of Emerson House Learning Centre, London. Jane Emerson trained as a Speech and Language Therapist in London. She worked for the NHS and then went on to train as a Dyslexia Specialist teacher.She and the late Dorian Yeo started Emerson House and the maths side of the work developed to explore the connections between dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia. Jane continued Dorian’s pioneering work and helped many primary pupils with marked maths anxiety and speech difficulties with numeracy. Following on from Dorian’s book ‘Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Mathematics’ in 2003, Jane went on to write The Dyscalculia Assessment and The Dyscalculia Solution with Patricia Babtie, published by Bloomsbury. Jane is very experienced in achieving success with pupils whose maths anxiety prevented them from reaching their potential in this crucial subject.

Rob Jennings

Rob Jennings

The webinar will be chaired by Rob Jennings, Co-founder of The Dyscalculia Network. Rob is Director of Maths at Emerson House, managing the teaching team and working in partnership with parents and schools. Emerson House is an acknowledged leader in the support of Dyscalculia. In addition to his Specialist Maths Teacher training, Rob also has a Certificate of Psychometric testing, Assessment & Access Arrangements (CPT3A), and has co- developed 'The Maths & Dyscalculia Assessment (MDA)', a new dyscalculia assessment.