Teaching Assistant Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE)

Dates: Weds 27 Feb; Thurs 28 March; Weds 19 June

Time: 9 am – 3pm

Location: St John's Church School, Riseholme, Peterborough, PE2 5SP


There is more to subject knowledge than being able to do the maths yourself. The Teaching Assistant SKE project is designed to develop teaching assistants’ subject knowledge in maths on; multiplication, division and fractions so they can support children’s learning in the classroom and in small intervention groups.

The Work Group sessions will explore maths in depth, making connections between topics and concepts. Participants will also work collaboratively, led by a local leader of maths education (LLME) to develop deep and secure subject knowledge and appropriate pedagogy so they are well-equipped to support pupils.

Who is this for?

Teaching assistants in primary and secondary who support children with their learning of mathematics.

What is involved?

  • Three day workshops working with teachers from other schools in the Work Group to reflect on current practice and clarify understanding of how SEND impacts within a mathematical lesson.
  • GAP tasks to complete in school, integrated with and supported by work done in the workshop.

Intended Outcomes:

As a result of this project, participants’ skills and confidence in the maths classroom will be increased. TAs will develop knowledge of the pedagogy of maths teaching and understand how children think and where their misconceptions stem from. A greater awareness of the three aims of the National Curriculum (fluency, reasoning and problem solving) will be developed, and teaching assistants will understand the role that certain representations, models and manipulatives can play in the development of pupils’ understanding of number and calculation, particularly place value and proficiency. Those involved will get better at working within classes and with small groups of pupils; they will gain knowledge of practical ways to apply the skills and understanding developed during the programme.

Led by: Rosey Durham and Kerran Harwood

Rosey is an NRICH Ambassador and a Primary Maths PD Lead. Rosey also works at Priory Junior School as SENCO, she has several years’ experience teaching across all KS2 years groups. She has been Maths Lead and has completed the MaST qualification.

Kerran works at St John's Church School as Deputy Head and Maths Lead as well as leading maths at Winyates Primary School. She has 18 years of experience teaching across KS2 and KS3, specialising in maths. Kerran is currently a 'Local Leader of Maths Education' and is an Accredited PD Lead.


Weds 27 Feb; Thurs 28 March; Weds 19 June

Time: 9 am – 3pm


St John's Church School, Riseholme, Peterborough, PE2 5SP