The SUM research programme consists of research projects exploring the skills important for learning maths. The original project, “SUM1” started in January 2012 and finished in August 2015, and was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The second project, “SUM2” started in October 2020 and will continue until 2023, and is also funded by the ESRC. The researchers involved in the projects are based at Loughborough University and the University of Nottingham.
Our research aims to discover which general skills are involved in different aspects of learning and doing maths. This will help us to understand why some children find maths easy, and other children struggle.