OnDemand: SASC Guidance on Dyscalculia: SASC Authorised

To help specialist teachers/assessors to review the SASC guidance on Dyscalculia and how to use this guidance to inform practice.


The course will consider the background to how and why the new SASC Guidance on Assessment of Dyscalculia, Specific Learning Difficulties and Maths Difficulties was developed, then explore and explain the academic literature that underpins it. Then through a case study it will review how assessment tools can be used to identify maths difficulties.

Course Description

The theoretical approach for assessing maths difficulties and Dyscalculia is outlined in the new SASC Guidance and in the joint SASC/BDA definition of Dyscalculia. The SpLD Test Evaluation Committee is in the process of identifying assessment tools to identify dyscalculia under these new guidelines. During the training some assessment tools that have been evaluated will be discussed. 

In the morning the course will examine the SASC Guidance. In the afternoon Peter Jarrett a leading expert on Dyscalculia, will explore, through an anonymised assessment, how a student with dyslexia and dyscalculia could be assessed. He will also review some of the available standardised assessment tests and screening tests for identifying difficulties with maths. An opportunity at the end of the training will be available for assessors to discuss how they may feel considering the training to assess for Dyscalculia and other Maths Difficulties.

 What will be covered on the course is listed below:

  • What is meant by concept or sense of number (subitising, symbolic and non-symbolic magnitude comparison, and ordering - cardinality, ordinality)
  • Its effects on maths development
  • Potential effects of general domain deficits on maths performance
  • Recent research into causes of maths anxiety, and the impact it can have.
  • Tips from the literature about how to go about qualitative information gathering, including detailed history taking.
  • A case study on a learner with Dyscalculia
  • Review of the following standardised assessment tools as well as review of currently available screeners.Feifer Assessment of mathematics; Kaufman; AAB; More trouble with Maths. In addition, assessments that have recently been reviewed by STEC will be discussed as will the efficacy of mathematical/numeracy components of existing tests.

 Course Outcome

  • To understand the SASC Guidance on Assessment of Dyscalculia, Specific Learning Difficulties and Maths Difficulties, and its impact on practice.
  • To review standardised assessment tests and screening tests and qualitative assessment strategies.
  • An opportunity for assessors to think about how they might feel with regards to assessing for Dyscalculia and Specific Learning Difficulties and Maths Difficulties in the light of the new guidance.


It will be assumed that delegates are qualified to conduct full diagnostic assessments and are familiar with key underlying principles and assessment procedures and common tests.


This course is on demand and is a recording of a live event.

Delegates will have direct access to the event in the ‘My Online Events’ section of their account for two weeks from the payment date, and can watch as any times as they like during that period. Please allow a few minutes for it to appear, or refresh the page if necessary.

Terms & Conditions

Please note, this training must be paid in full before access is given to the webinar. By submitting a booking, you are agreeing to pay Patoss Ltd within 30 days. You are also agreeing to accept our Cancellation/Transfer Policy and Terms and Conditions which are shown at the bottom of the website page 

Delegates will be responsible for ensuring that they have suitable Wi-Fi, hardware and software to enable them to attend the webinar.


Sheila Rostill, Webinar Administrator

E: srostill@patoss-dyslexia.org

T:   07956 644 786

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Please ignore the date that comes up when you book your ticket. This refers to when the course was set up and does not affect your access to the course

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5 Hours

For those professionals seeking to update an Assessment Practising Certificate, this event will contribute 5 hours to the core assessment practice CPD requirements.

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