Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics Programmes - Secondary teachers and teaching assistants

The programme is designed for secondary schools to send along a maths teacher and teaching assistant, who would like to develop their specialist knowledge for teaching mathematics to low prior attaining students.

This may be particularly relevant for teachers and TAs new to teaching mathematics.

What is involved?

Classroom practice will develop through a series of gap tasks where participants try out activities to promote depth of understanding, reasoning and fluency. Research and evidence are used to inform their practice and participants are encouraged to share these more widely across both the maths and SEND departments in their schools to support discussion on current policies and approaches.

The programme will have the following elements:

  • Independent study and setting-based work including gap tasks and evaluation
  • Online discussion as part of a professional community.

Intended Outcomes:

As a result of this project, participants will not only be able to ‘do’ mathematics, but will also have the appropriate pedagogical knowledge to teach and support their pupils well. Participants will develop both their knowledge about maths and knowledge about the teaching of maths, developing better pedagogy and being aware of how pupils learn, and how to teach the content most effectively. Classroom practice will develop through participants’ engagement with gap tasks between meetings, trying out activities with pupils to promote understanding, reasoning and fluency.

Both maths teachers and teaching assistants will develop knowledge of the pedagogy of maths teaching and understand how children think and where their misconceptions stem from. Participants 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.

Expectations of participants and their schools

Participants are expected to be working as secondary maths teachers and/or teaching assistant. TAs should be working in a mathematical environment and/or involved with individual or small group support and intervention.

Participants are expected to attend all three of the sessions and complete gap tasks in their schools between the sessions. They will also be asked to keep a learning log for their own use and contribute to the national evaluation process, through a short online survey after the Work Group has finished.

Venue 1:   Springwood High School, Queensway, King's Lynn PE30 4AW

Dates:        3rd December, 28th January, 31st March

Venue 2:  Hampton College, Peterborough PE7 8BF

Dates:       17th March, 28th April, 23rd June