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Maths Anxiety Quiz

Maths Anxiety Quiz The twenty items below are about maths and your feelings when you have to do each one of these things. I would like you to consider to each item and then decide how anxious that situation makes you feel. 1 = never anxious 2 = sometimes anxious 3 = often anxious 4Continue reading Maths Anxiety Quiz


The Derby Intervention for Maths Anxiety was designed and refined over 14 years by Professor David Sheffield and Dr Tom Hunt of the Department of Psychology, University of Derby. The Department of Education sent their consultant Human Engineer, Dr Lizzie Miles, to Derby, to check on their work. Sheffield and Hunt ‘s simple method isContinue reading THE DERBY INTERVENTION


THE MATH ANXIETY-PERFORMANCE LINK: A GLOBAL PHENOMENON By Alana E. Foley (1), Julianne B. Herts (1), Francesca Borgonovi (2), Sonia Guerriero (2), Susan C. Levine (1), and Sian L. Beilock (1) (1) Department of Psychology, University of Chicago, and (2) Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Paris, France. Abstract Demand for science, technology, engineering, andContinue reading A GLOBAL PHENOMENON


By Ann Dowker*, Amar Sarkar and Chung Yen Looi Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK, this article first appeared in Frontiers in Psychology The construct of mathematics anxiety has been an important topic of study at least since the concept of “number anxiety” was introduced by Dreger and Aiken (1957), and has received increasing attentionContinue reading WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED IN 60 YEARS?

Money Stuff

“Your Daughter’s Future” a downloadable guide for parents to support their daughters as they make important decisions about their next steps – on the National Careers Service website. Your Life is  aimed at young adults in the UK, helping to ensure that they have the maths and science skills needed to succeed in the currentContinue reading Money Stuff

What have we achieved?

There is a British Culture of “I am no good at maths” being seen as a badge of honour. This seriously hampers educational achievement and consequently has a detrimental, knock-on effect for British industry.

This damaging attitude is far more prevalent among girls than among boys, and it hampers their future life and earning ability.

The root of the problem is the negative attitude to maths of many teenage girls and their family; as our tests show, this attitude can be changed cheaply by a school, in under two hours…

Report: The Fear Factor

Maths Action Report: The Fear FactorThe Fear Factor: Maths Anxiety in girls and women, by Samantha Callan, a report commissioned by Maths Action.

This report looks at attitudes to maths and why Maths Anxiety continues to prevail among women and girls. Mathematics is a social justice issue: around one in five adults in the UK lack even basic numeracy skills without which they find it difficult to budget and make money stretch as far as possible; they feel stressed and insecure about money regardless of their income, and they struggle to overcome barriers to progression in work. Yet senior educationalists agree that it is culturally acceptable, especially for women, to say, ‘I hate maths, I was never any good with numbers’…

Langley Park: Maths Career Advice Programme

Maths Action in action at Langley Park School for GirlsLangley Park School for Girls created a programme of events to help girls see the value of maths in school and encourage them, their parents and carers, and teachers to promote a positive attitude to maths study…

Do Parents Hate Maths Homework?

Some parents feel obliged to help their children with maths homework. This is a relatively recent demand by schools, regrettable because homework is supposed to be practice for children to work on their own…