Mathematics – Removing the Barriers

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Mathematics – Removing the Barriers

Programme Overview


Cognition and Learning
Delivery ModelOnline Face to Face session
What is Included
  • Certificate of attendance.
  • Access to hidden web page which includes slides, handouts, e-handouts, resources, web links, further reading, references and participation instructions.
  • Course material (if applicable).
  • AED 400 per delegate plus 5% VAT
  • Discounts available for 3 or more delegates from the same school.
  • If you would like bespoke, in-school training for a group of your staff, please contact Rebecca Annand,, who will be able to assist you.
Deadline booking date

Wednesday 4th May 2022

Face to Face Online sessionsProgramme breakdown

Monday 13th June 2022

4:00pm to 6:30pm UAE time

  • 2.5 hours of live online, virtual F2F training.  
Target audience

EYFS, PRIMARY and SECONDARY – All staff, SENCOS, teachers, Mathematics subject-leads, Inclusion Managers and teaching assistants.

Aims of the course
  • To appreciate how children learn mathematical concepts and why they might fail.
  • To explore the use of concrete materials and pictorial representations to generate secure mathematical understanding
Intended outcomes
  • To appreciate how children learn mathematical concepts and why they might fail.
  • To explore the use of concrete materials and pictorial representations to generate secure mathematical understanding.

Zena Martin

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As Director of Inclusive Learning North, Zena seeks to bring to it the best research, practice, resources and expertise in both SEND and wider aspects of inclusion, from around the UK and beyond. Zena’s recent projects include the development of ILOP and the New2SENCO course, along with partnerships with TSAs and school clusters. She presented as a keynote speaker at the 2018 Westminster SEND Briefing and leads training for British and International Schools in Dubai. She was Editor in Chief of the magazine ‘Inclusion in Focus’ and part of the editorial team for ‘Early Years Legal’. Zena also works as an associate SENCO and consultant to primary schools in the north, utilising her experience in both inclusion leadership and SpLD expertise. She is an associate lecturer with Edge Hill University and, previously, Manchester Metropolitan University. She tutors on, and reviews, the National SENCO Award, as well as the Postgraduate Certificate in Inclusion and SEN. Zena’s extensive knowledge and experience enable her to maintain a perceptive working understanding of what schools require to meet the needs of all pupils. Equally, her relationship with schools allows her to knit together best practice for the benefit of all. Zena has previously been involved in an EU project in Malta, training junior and kindergarten teachers in literacy and differentiation, and worked with an International School in Sweden. She has delivered training courses throughout the UK on a range of subjects in inclusion and SEND. Previously, Zena worked as a SENCO, Inclusion Manager and Deputy Head Teacher. During this time, she gained specialist teaching skills, in addition to the NPQH. Her primary school teaching experience was in Manchester, Rochdale and Salford. When Zena is not working, she can usually be found sailing her dinghy at racing events!

Programme details:

The significance of maintaining good concrete and visual representations for children throughout their mathematical education.

We identify why some children find it difficult to grasp mathematical concepts, and what can be done within a quality first teaching context to address these difficulties and remove some of the barriers.  Presented with a range of practical strategies.

Times are UAE 4:00pm to 6:30pm via ZOOM.

Session 1:  To appreciate how children learn mathematical concepts and why they might fail

  • Examining the underpinnings of strong mathematical development in children of all ages.
  • Learning some practical strategies and visual representations that de-mystify Mathematics and make it accessible to all.


About Inclusive Learning North

  • Supporting schools – steered by schools since 2014
  • Developing practice that starts with the needs of the most marginalised groups to create high quality teaching, learning and well-being for every child
  • High quality professional development, SEND Forums, training, consultancy and online support


Zena Martin
2.5 hours