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Help Parents’ Needed! Parental Engagement Has Big Benefits.

Kate Kellner-Dilks is a teaching and learning adviser for primary mathematics at Herts for Learning.  Kate has been successfully working with schools to increase the engagement of parents in supporting their children with mathematics.  Here she shares this advice. 

From conversations I have with primary school teachers and leaders, they often want to engage parents in the mathematics they are teaching. They have a feeling it will help the children, but are not sure the best way to go about it.

Research tells us that children are more successful at school, if their parents support their learning; ‘Family engagement in school has a bigger influence on a pupil’s achievement than socio-economic background, parents’ education level, family structure and ethnicity…’ (www.engagingwithfamilies.co.uk, 2017) Continue reading “Help Parents’ Needed! Parental Engagement Has Big Benefits.”

So you have textbooks…so what?

Siobhan King is a Mathematics Adviser at Herts for Learning

I have been thinking about maths text books: what they add to lessons and how they can be used effectively.  I am a firm believer in not reinventing the wheel and know that teacher time is finite and exceptionally valuable.   Furthermore, I agree with Tim Oates’ assertion that “high quality textbooks support both teachers and pupils – they free teachers up to concentrate on refining pedagogy and developing engaging, effective learning.”  (Oates, 2014, p4) Continue reading “So you have textbooks…so what?”

Supporting Children with Dyslexia in Mathematics

Gill Shearsby-Fox is a Primary Mathematics Adviser for Herts for Learning.

Many people think that Dyslexia purely impacts upon children’s learning of reading and spelling and therefore does not have a huge influence on their mathematics. A difficulty in reading does of course lead to children finding most of the curriculum difficult because it is an essential skill and is needed to access learning and succeed. However, having dyslexia does impact on children’s learning of mathematics in more ways than having difficulties reading the questions. Continue reading “Supporting Children with Dyslexia in Mathematics”

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