Organisations and leading academics unite to tackle maths anxiety

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A new Power of Maths guidance report reveals the factors and misconceptions considered to contribute to maths anxiety and outlines how they can be overcome in classrooms, homes and workplaces across the UK.

1Maths anxiety can be described as “a feeling of tension and anxiety that interferes with the manipulation of numbers and the solving of mathematical problems in ordinary life and academic situations.” The Mathematics Anxiety Rating Scale, Richardson F. C., Suinn R. M (1972)

2Research suggests that one in 10 eight to 13-year-olds suffer from maths anxiety in Britain (Understanding Mathematics Anxiety: Investigating the experiences of UK primary and secondary school students. Centre for Neuroscience in Education, University of Cambridge and Nuffield Foundation, March 2019), while one in five parents suffer from arithmophobia – a fear of numbers (The True Potential Centre for the Public Understanding of Finance, The Open University Business School (OUBS) (2018))

3Understanding Mathematics Anxiety, University of Cambridge and Nuffield Health (March 2019)

4Numerate nation? What the UK thinks about numbers, research by Ipsos Mori for National Numeracy (2019)

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