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New programme aims to reduce anxiety around maths


Around 20% of 15-year-olds in the UK are ‘low performers’ in maths, according to a new study.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development ranked the UK 26th out of 64 countries in mathematics, behind Vietnam, Estonia and Poland.

According to the study, one in five teenagers in the UK is failing to reach Level 2 in maths – the level required to participate fully in modern society.

To help boost performance in maths among learners and their coaches who have struggled with the subject, ASDAN has developed an innovative new programme with the support of the University of Warwick and The Progression Trust.

Coaching for Mathematical Resilience (CfMR) aims to develop a ‘can-do’ approach, using coaching skills to help reduce anxiety and develop mathematical resilience. The course has been piloted with students re-sitting GCSEs and training providers supporting apprenticeships.

In association with its partners, ASDAN is running a series of introductory workshops for CfMR. The programme for these events includes:

  • the importance of achievement in mathematics
  • what most employers require
  • defining mathematical anxiety
  • characteristics of coaching and coaches
  • growth mindset and ASDAN methodology in theory and in action

The introductory workshops will take place on the following days:

  • 9 March (Edinburgh)
  • 7 June (London)
  • 12 July (Newcastle)

The workshops will be followed by CfMR courses at Levels 1, 2 and 3 and are all open to people including teaching assistants, youth workers, mentors, teachers of subjects other than maths and learners over the page of 16.

The charity National Numeracy says millions of adults in the UK struggle with everyday maths skills. For more information on its work and to check your own maths skills through an online challenge, click here.