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Season 1 Episode 3: Karen McGuigan Talks Maths for Life

Updated: Nov 25, 2023

Join me whilst I interview Karen McGuigan and the inspiration for how Maths for Life was set up.

Karen is commonly known as The Maths Mum, she can be found on Instagram and other social media platforms. The idea for Maths for Life was based upon parents helping their children with their maths homework, talking about maths concepts in a way that they understand, and being able to bring maths topics into a real-world setting.

The questions I set ahead were:

  1. Please can you give us a short overview of Maths for Life?

  2. How does your maths curriculum differ from the mainstream curriculum

  3. Can you describe a typical lesson

  4. What recommendations do you have for a child with dyscalculia?

We didn't have time for the last two questions, hopefully, Karen will be back in the future to tell us about how the Summer term has been and the outcomes for Levels 3 and 4.

Maths for Life is aimed at students for whom the standard maths national curriculum structure and timescale are unattainable. It is aligned with the National Curriculum content however it prioritises the 'readiness to progress' on the attainment of skill rather than time passing.

Part of Karen's inspiration to set up Maths for Life was due to her son being born with Down Syndrome and needing the skills to live independently and operate in the world we live in today.

"Simple maths done accurately, independently, and in real life is the goal."

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