Shows and conferences

Dyscalculia Assessment

Saturday 8th September 2018 Today, I was one of 20 specialist assessors for specific learning difficulties lucky enough to participate in the first CPD on dyscalculia assessment and reporting run by Professor Steve Chinn and Judy Hornigold for the Dyscalculia Association. It was a packed day, with lots of opportunities for sharing experience and best… Continue reading Dyscalculia Assessment

Mathematics and problem-solving skills

Twelfth day of mathmas

Support ideas for mathematical development for use at home or at school. As with all my infographics, this one can be downloaded for printing. There's a link at the bottom of the page. It’s completely free, but please credit Sarah Gillie - Beacons Unique Originally published to coincide with twelvetide (12 festive days 2017-18) Download… Continue reading Twelfth day of mathmas

Mathematics and problem-solving skills · Special Education

Understanding numbers

Ideas to support mathematical skills acquisistion

Early Years · Mathematics and problem-solving skills

Early number skills

Many very young children start to show an interest with quantity and other mathematical concepts such as shape quite early in their exploration of the world.  Counting in everyday situations As parents, or adults caring for babies and toddlers, we may tend to count e.g. each spoonful eaten when feeding, or the number of trees… Continue reading Early number skills

Mathematics and problem-solving skills

When numbers don’t add up

There seem to be two camps for maths: those who can't stand it, and those who can't understand why it's not as easy as 1-2-3...

Raising awareness

Awareness and understanding

For many countries in the northern hemisphere, the new academic year begins around the start of September. Children return to school, excited to see their friends. Teachers are looking forward to getting to know their students, finding out what motivates each one, and seeing the excitement of learning. For some parents it can be a… Continue reading Awareness and understanding

Executive Function · Mathematics and problem-solving skills

Executive function, mathematics and problem-solving

Executive function deficits can impact on mastery of mathematical skills. Read about how this can be supported here:

Executive Function


Homework is an acknowledged area of challenge for students with learning difficulties, not least because of the demands on executive function.

Executive Function · Skills for school

Classroom Survival

Ideas for parents to share with teachers, and for teachers to test for themselves.

Executive Function

Executive Function 

An introduction to executive functions - what they are and how they affect learning.