Tes talks to… Victoria Simms

The self-confessed maths geek is on a mission to discover what holds children back in numeracy, and her research has pinpointed two key skills. She tells Zofia Niemtus why teachers’ input is so important

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One of your pupils always struggles with their times tables. You have tried various methods to support them, but the information just doesn’t seem to stick. And now you are faced with a dilemma: is the problem that they are simply not practising or is something else going on?

Answering that question is very difficult, argues Dr Victoria Simms, a self-confessed maths geek and research director in the School of Psychology at Ulster University. Her research in developmental psychology has focused on the development of maths cognition, and what she has learned makes her sympathetic to the ...

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