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The Maths Anxiety Trust aims to eliminate anxiety about Maths

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Guardian Newspaper Article
"Teachers and too much homework contribute to maths anxiety – study"

Level of maths anxiety within same school or classroom found to predict individuals’ maths achievement

The Guardian
8th February 2022

Educators and Maths Anxiety 4th Nov 2021

Maths Anxiety Awareness Day 10th Nov 2021

Dame Shirley Conran
1932 - 2024
Dame Shirley Conran DBE, Founder of Maths Anxiety Trust, in conversation with Peter York
filmed by Edmund Trevelyan-Johnson

What is Maths Anxiety?
Maths Anxiety is defined as a negative emotional reaction to mathematics, leading to varying degrees of helplessness, panic and mental disorganisation that arises among some people when faced with a mathematical problem.
Dame Shirley Conran DBE,  Hon Fellow UCL
Founder and Patron of The Maths Anxiety Trust
"Although Maths Anxiety has been recognised in higher academic circles for over half a century and although it affects a significant proportion of the population, it is little known about by the wider general public or even the teaching profession. 

Mathematics – maths – 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; they feel stressed and insecure about money regardless of their income, and they struggle to overcome barriers to progression in work.
In 2018 I set up The Maths Anxiety Trust to raise public awareness and understanding of the condition known as Maths Anxiety and to find solutions.

We have created this web site dedicated to Maths Anxiety as a resource for anyone and everyone (teachers, parents, students, adults) who experience Maths Anxiety. We have developed resources which you will find on the site and which we hope you will find helpful.  We will be developing new resources in the coming months.

Whatever you do in life whether your dream is to become a famous footballer, pilot, dressmaker, singer, doctor, sailor, dancer ....  Maths is essential.”

Maths Anxiety in Teachers Summit November 2022

Margaret Brown OBE Emeritus Professor of Mathematics Education at Kings College London.  Charity Trustee and co-chair of the Executive Committee of Maths World UK

The Cockroft Report by Emeritus Professor
Margaret Brown OBE

Commissioned by The Maths Anxiety Trust - free to download

Maths Anxiety Coping Strategies Guide

Does your child get anxious before a maths lesson? Do they struggle over their maths homework? Have you noticed them fret when there’s a maths exam?

This free booklet has been commissioned by Maths Anxiety Trust and written by Helen Whitten a cognitive behavioural coach who presents techniques to overcome the negative effect of this condition.


Maths Anxiety in Teachers  March 2022

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