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Parents often pass their own fear of maths on to their children, but basic exercises can bring rapid progress

By Mark Feltham   March 2012

This article was born of a conversation with the editor about the nature of maths blocks, how parents could help, and whether everyone can be taught to be competent at maths. My answer, broadly, is yes, but the younger the pupil, the better the likely outcome.

My own perspective is that of a secondary teacher with experience of both state and private sectors as well as that of a parent. In the state sector I worked at the rougher end of the London market but I have taught for the last 15 years at Westminster School. I have also, over…

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