Numeracy support for students with SEN

Sian Evans
19th April 2017

Handy tools to give learners with special educational needs the support they require to thrive in maths lessons  

Trying to convince students who struggle with maths that it is possible to succeed can be an uphill battle. In a subject often surrounded by negativity, progression often only comes when pupils are equipped with supportive resources, designed to make their lives a little easier.

As ever, we’re on the case with this handpicked a range of accessible – and ultimately adaptable – lessons, activities and templates to give learners the confidence to tackle numeracy head on.  

Resources for young learners

Hop aboard the maths bus and give pupils a practical way of adding and subtracting up to 10 with this colourful, table-top activity. Alternatively, why not try a more radical way of tackling times tables? This comprehensive pack contains a selection of imaginative stories based around skip counting as well as accompanying workbooks.

Explore everyday maths skills in this detailed lesson packed full of visual prompts, which help to provide students with a firm understanding of coin value. Meanwhile, learners who are struggling to tell the time will appreciate the support of this clock face template.

Encourage pupils to visualise and communicate key mathematical concepts with confidence using these thorough vocabulary lists* containing Widgit symbols.

Resources for older learners

Posters and table mats are ideal for providing students with constant reminders about essential elements of maths, regardless of the topic being studied. This visually engaging poster outlines important symbols and their meanings, while this numeracy support chart helps learners recap metric conversions, mental strategies and much more.

Step-by-step presentations, such as this one* on using a calculator to add monetary amounts, are ideal for breaking down big concepts into digestible chunks. Equally, this flow diagram offers a logical structure to help students work through the process of finding the volume of a prism.

Quick links

*This resource is being sold by the author

This blog post is featured in the half-termly SEN newsletter from Tes Resources.

If you'd like to receive any of our resources newsletters, all you have to do is edit your email preferences when logged into Simply go to your preference centre and tick the boxes that are relevant to you. Let us know if you have any problems.

Contact us

Visit our forums

Latest education news

New to TES Resources ? Find out more about becoming an author on TES, or dive straight in and start downloading.