Schools: Special Educational Needs - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:46 pm on 12 February 2024.

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Photo of Baroness Bull Baroness Bull Deputy Chairman of Committees 2:46, 12 February 2024

My Lords, around 6% of UK children are affected by dyscalculia: a learning disability impacting numerical processing and the ability to learn, understand and perform maths. It has a similar prevalence and impact on education and employment as dyslexia, yet there is no official government recognition of dyscalculia. Does the Minister share my concern that specialist maths teachers are under no obligation to learn about dyscalculia unless they opt for additional modules? Given that the Government intend for maths to be taught to everyone until age 18, surely learning about dyscalculia should be standard for maths teachers?