1st Edition

Maths Anxiety Solving the Equation

By Heidi Kirkland, Tom Hunt Copyright 2025
    212 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    212 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Maths Anxiety is a very common experience, reported by people around the world. This book will help all teachers of Maths, from primary education to secondary and beyond, to better understand Maths Anxiety and learn how we can address this within our classrooms, creating a more positive learning environment for all.

    Supported by research, case studies and anecdotes, this highly practical book explores and provides answers to the following questions:

    • What is Maths Anxiety?
    • Who experiences it?
    • Can I measure it?
    • What is involved in Maths Anxiety?
    • Who and what can influence it?
    • What can we do to provide support?
    • Can teachers experience Maths Anxiety too?

    An essential resource for anybody teaching or supporting the learning of Maths, this book provides tried and tested interventions to apply within the classroom, alongside strategies to use at school or at home to manage and alleviate student experiences of Maths Anxiety.

    Introduction; Chapter 1: What is it?;  Chapter 2: Who has it?;  Chapter 3: Can I measure it?;  Chapter 4: What’s involved?;  Chapter 5: Who and what can influence it?;  Chapter 6: What can we do?;  Chapter 7: Can teachers be maths anxious too?;  Chapter 8: Can we solve the equation?;  Bibliography


    Heidi Kirkland is an experienced primary teacher, Maths coordinator and associate lecturer. She has authored numerous blogs and articles on Maths Anxiety.

    Thomas Hunt is an associate professor in Psychology at the University of Derby where he leads the Mathematics Anxiety Research Group. He has authored several academic research papers and book chapters on the topic of Maths Anxiety.

    "An interesting insight into the world of maths anxiety and of the strategies to minimise it!"

    Professor Nira Chamberlain OBE, Past President of The Mathematical Association

    “This book is a ‘must-have’ for any maths teacher who wants to develop a full understanding of the many factors that can have a negative impact on the learning of maths.”

    Dr Steve Chinn, Founder/Director of Maths Explained

    “Heidi Kirkland and Thomas Hunt in compiling this book have provided a huge service to everyone concerned with maths anxiety, including teachers, parents, researchers, educationists, and indeed those who suffer from it and want to better understand it.”

    Professor Margaret Brown OBE, Emeritus Professor at King’s College London


    “This is an accessible, yet thorough exploration of mathematics anxiety that distils the research for busy teachers whilst maintaining criticality. ”

    Rhiannon Jones, Teach First