Welcome to the SUM research programme

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.Science Week 2010_DSC2913_72dpi

All publications arising from the project can be found on the outputs page. We have also produced information sheets for both parents and teachers based on the findings from the project.

 ESRCLoughboroughUni of Nottingham