You will notice we have several new contributors. I happened to meet Les Staves in June and as a result he was able to offer us a piece on the issues surrounding counting and the development of mathematical thinking. Pete Jarrett reflects upon the impact that Laurie Buxton has had upon his thinking and in tribute we include the piece he refers to, one that was originally published in Struggle. In a similar vein, Clare Lee, Sue Johnston-Wilder and Lucy Rycroft-Smith all reflect upon the roots of mathematical anxiety. Mark Pepper tracks the changes to the assessment of mathematics which, inadvertently, be causing a rise in anxiety in the classroom. Finally Professor Steve Chinn shares some of the causes of anxiety and suggests way that we can all, with reference to what we actually know about the development of mathematical thinking, take effective steps to support all of our learners....Editor - Alan Edmiston
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