Maths Anxiety


The Kent and Medway Teacher Network is a composite of the 3 teacher networks which normally run in our region and which are expected to return in September 2021. Because it runs in an online classroom, it negates the geographical challenges that we would normally encounter with network meetings and allows itself to be opened up to the whole region. It is an AMSP funded project, allowing teachers of maths to meet, collaborate and to share best practice during this period when our schools are closed to visitors.

Maths anxiety has been discussed for over 60 years. It acts as an 'emotional handbrake' on learning mathematics. The majority of those who suffer belong to a subgroup, often identified as ‘female’, or learners with a ‘feeling’ rather than a ‘thinking’ preference, or empathisers. These learners prefer to understand the value, meaning, purpose and narrative of the mathematical tools they are required to learn.

The workshop will be delivered by Sue Johnston-Wilder, Associate Professor in the Education Studies Department of the University of Warwick.

Who will benefit from attending?

All teachers of mathematics will benefit from attending this workshop.


In this workshop, we will explore how participants experience the phenomenon of maths anxiety in their own classrooms and how they may raise awareness of it. We will explore a range of strategies to help learners who have mathematics anxiety to heal past harm, to communicate and manage any emotions that affect their learning adversely and to respond effectively to opportunities to learn mathematics.

You might like to read this account of maths anxiety, written by a parent, before attending the workshop: 



Materials and Equipment

The session will be remote and will take place on Zoom. You will need a laptop/desktop computer or other internet enabled device - if possible please use a machine with a microphone enabled to allow for chat with the presenter and other delegates.

You will be sent a link to access the workshop in good time prior to the event.

Key Facts

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Curriculum focus:

11-16 maths, Core Maths

Mathematical focus:

Curriculum planning

Event format:

Network meeting

Event length:

1.5 hours


London and South East




Tue 11th May 2021

Course times:

16:00 - 17:30


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If you have any queries about this event, please do not hesitate to contact:

John Heffernan
[email protected]
07729 117497

The AMSP, through MEI, holds the NCETM CPD Standard

National Centre for Excellence in the teaching of Mathematics

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