Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics – Primary Teaching Assistants

This project is designed to support primary teaching assistants in developing specialist knowledge for teaching mathematics, thus enabling them to understand, teach and support pupils in maths in the classroom.

What is involved?

The programme will focus on the following mathematical areas:

  • What is effective in the learning and teaching of mathematics?
  • Number sense (part 1)
  • Number sense (part 2)
  • Additive reasoning
  • Multiplicative reasoning
  • Fractions.

These modules are each designed to last three to four hours, but may last longer if delivered online. This programme will take place across the equivalent of four days.

Who can take part?

This programme is designed for primary teaching assistants who are supporting maths, and who would like to develop their specialist knowledge for teaching maths. It will be particularly relevant for new TAs or TAs that have not received maths-specific training.

What are the benefits?

Participants will:

  • review their practice as a result of the sessions and make specific adaptations to support the pupils they are working with
  • understand the key elements that form number sense, forms of addition and subtraction, forms of multiplication and division, and forms of fractions, including precise language, structures and representations.

Cost: The SKTM – Primary Teaching Assistants project is fully funded by the Maths Hubs Programme so is free to participating schools. 

Expectations of participants and their schools

Participants and their schools must be able to commit to the full academic year’s programme. This is likely to involve some face-to-face activity alongside online collaboration.


Monday 24th January 2022

Monday 7th March 2022

Monday 25th April 2022

Monday 13th June 2022