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Raising a confident maths fan: watch the Q&A

On 3rd November, we ran a free, online Q&A session where participants put their questions about maths, home learning and confidence to our three expert panel members:

  1. Colin Hegarty – award-winning teacher, Founder of HegartyMaths and Education Director of Numerise
  2. Anita Cleare – Director of Positive Parenting Project
  3. Lucy Davis – CEO of Maths on Toast

The main areas that were covered in this session are:

  • How to build both yours and your child’s confidence in maths
  • How to help your child thrive with maths in school and at home
  • Why maths is so important beyond school.

This event is part of Numerise’s ‘Get maths confident’ campaign.

A recording of the session will be available to download soon.

Our expert panel


Colin Hegarty
Colin Hegarty

Colin is the founder of HegartyMaths and Education Director of Sparx and Numerise. He was the first in his family to attend university, gaining a first-class degree in Mathematics from Oxford University. Whilst teaching in a secondary school, Colin shared maths tutorial videos online in a bid to make maths accessible for everyone.

Following their success, he founded HegartyMaths – an online homework solution supporting those students who need extra help with maths, and provides them with a way to access life opportunities that they otherwise might not have even considered. HegartyMaths is now a part of the Sparx Family.

Colin was a Global Teacher Prize finalist in 2016 and was awarded the National Teacher of the Year award in 2015.


Anita Cleare MA AdvDip (Child Development)

Anita Cleare is a parenting speaker, writer and coach and Director of the Positive Parenting Project. Her award-nominated parenting blog Thinking Parenting has been listed in the Sunday Times Magazine as a must-read for parents. Anita’s book The Work/Parent Switch blends parenting theory with practical tips to show working parents how to use the bits of time left over when work is done to parent smartly and be the parent their child needs.

An accredited Triple P® parenting facilitator with an academic background in developmental psychology, Anita has been working with parents for 17 years. Before founding the Positive Parenting Project, she worked for a local authority children’s services managing specialist family support services including Sure Start children’s centres, parent helplines and intensive family support services.

You can read Anita’s blog at and follow her on Twitter (@thinking_parent) and Instagram (@anitacleare).


Lucy Davis

Lucy Davis is the CEO of Maths on Toast, the family maths charity. With a background in community engagement, community education and behaviour change, she has worked with a range of charities and voluntary organisations. Her experience of working at staff, volunteer and board level informs her approach to turning small actions into meaningful change.

Find out more about Maths on Toast at