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Ending invisible maths anxiety

After attending a presentation by Dr Jo Boaler on mathematical mindsets, Louisa Stevenson of Cairn Primary School in South Ayrshire was curious to investigate levels of maths anxiety in her own Primary 3/4 class.

On discovering that more pupils were anxious about maths than she had suspected, Louisa decided to take action.

Drawing on Dr Boaler’s research, Louisa piloted a new approach to maths education in the school, rooted in growth mindset and visual learning. As a result, the number of pupils who said they felt anxious about maths or were unsure if they were anxious dropped from 66% to 0% over the course of the school year. Emotional intelligence and attainment also improved, with knock-on effects in other parts of the curriculum.

Read the full case study here.