Company: The Dyscalculia Network
About business: The Dyscalculia Network helps parents and educators find support for those struggling with all aspects of numeracy. The network was founded because there wasn't the information and resources available online for those dealing with Dyscalculia or maths difficulties.
About expert: Rob has been teaching for 10 years. He has a diploma in Special Educational Needs (OCR 5). He is Head of Maths at Emerson House learning centre and is an experienced Educational Assessor.
You can reach those pupils in far flung places who need specialist support. The provision of specialist support is not evenly distributed geographically, so online allows access to the most experienced specialist educators from around the country.
A lot of schools have had to provide this flexibility due to the pandemic, which is still ongoing. It's essential that pupils who, for whatever reason, are not accessing school can be taught and continue to keep up with the teaching of the syllabus.
We need to make this as simple as possible. In schools there needs to be a single point of contact.
There also needs to be pre-lessons in how to use and access the software online. This should be for parents, pupils and the teachers too. This will ensure that we obtain the maximum benefit from the delivery of these lessons.
It already has! Approximately 20% of our lessons are still delivered online.
Better funding across the board. Also, we need to improve the training about accessing the systems being used from school. The mobile content on sites such as BBC Bitesize help a lot of pupils in mainstream school, but there is a lack of content focused on special educational needs.
Don't be afraid to ask for help if you are struggling with a topic.
At school, I was a very slow reader and didn't enjoy reading books. I was very fortunate to have an experienced, kind and patient English teacher who taught me how to read more quickly and for meaning too. It took a while, with lots of practice reading graduated texts and answering lots of comprehension questions about the text. I now love to read and it helps me to relax after a hard day teaching.