Understanding the Characteristics of SEND- Autistic Spectrum Disorders

‘How can the teaching of mathematics in mainstream schools be adapted to reduce the barriers to learning for children with autistic spectrum disorders across a range of abilities and stages of development?'

ASD is a common need and most, if not all, mainstream schools will have students with an ASD diagnosis. Many stereotypes exist about the needs of students with ASD and how best to meet them. The purpose of this Work Group will be to research which approaches have shown some success in mathematics and whether they are age and stage dependent.


What is involved?

As this is a Research and Innovation Work Group involvement requires a commitment to engage in research and to report back to the Work Group. Participants will need to have access to one or two pupils who have or are suspected to have ASD.


What are the benefits?

  • By focusing on a particular child that they teach, the participants will have the opportunity to engage with other teachers and experts to learn about effective approaches that ensure barriers to mathematical understanding are overcome
  • Participants will have the opportunity to carry out small-scale classroom research
  • There is potential for participants to become local experts whose expertise can be shared across departments and schools.


What are the expectations?

  • Participants must be able to commit to participate in the full Work Group and attend all sessions. 
  • The school should be able to support the participant with time between the workshops to complete the research tasks.
  • Participants will be expected to contribute regularly to the online community.
  • Participants will need to have access to one or two pupils who have or are suspected to have ASD


Who can apply?

Participants can be from Primary or Secondary Schools and it is open to Teachers, SENCOs and Support Assistants.


What is the cost?

The Work Group is fully funded by the Maths Hubs Programme so is free to participating schools.


Who will be leading this Work Group?

Nick Asker - Independent Education Consultant, specialising in improving learning in mathematics


Where and when?

All sessions will run from 9.30am-4pm and will be held at Kibworth Grammar School Hall, School Road, Kibworth, LE8 0JE

  • Session 1- Tuesday 31st January 2023
  • Session 2- Monday 13th March 2023*
  • Session 3- Friday 28th April 2023



This Work Group has now started and we are no longer accepting applications.