EYFS Primary

Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics – Primary Teaching Assistant Programmes

What is involved? 

This programme supports primary teaching assistants who are supporting maths to develop specialist knowledge for teaching maths, to build on the primary maths National Curriculum, and to develop distinct pedagogical decision-making which will impact on their practice when supporting maths.  

The Primary Teaching Assistants SKTM Programme consists of the equivalent of 4 days, spread out over a minimum of 2 terms, to allow participants time to develop practice and evaluate the impact of adaptations made. Professional learning and practice development continue throughout the period of the programme, with participants implementing new ideas into their daily practice. 

What does the programme cover?

The programme is aligned with an overall Teaching for Mastery Programme designed to develop maths teaching in schools, and would be highly appropriate for teaching assistants working in a school that is actively committed to the Teaching for Mastery Programme. This successful programme is now in its fifth year.  

As a participant on the SKTM Primary Teaching Assistant programme, you will:

  • enhance your maths subject knowledge with an emphasis on the key concepts, the representations and the language used to help pupils develop the mathematical area covered (e.g. number sense, additive reasoning, multiplicative reasoning, fractions, spatial reasoning) 
  • identify common misconceptions and ways of addressing these to help pupils master important concepts 
  • identify pedagogical approaches that will enhance teaching and learning and know how to use these to support pupils in understanding maths 
  • develop an understanding of key principles and approaches associated with teaching for mastery. 

Who can take part?

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

What is the cost?

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

Participants in this programme, in previous years, acknowledge that, as a result of their engagement, they have changed their practice when supporting pupils in maths. This was evident in field visits where participants were seen to make adaptations according to the specific needs of the pupils they were working with. 

Pupils who were supported by participants in this programme were noted to have a more positive attitude towards maths. 

We have a choice of two cohorts available for the programme this year – as indicated by the venues in the table below. Please select one of the venues on the sign up form at the bottom of this page to choose your cohort.

Please note that you must attend all four dates at the same venue.

Wembrook Primary School
Nuneaton CV11 4LU
9:30 – 4:00pm
St Lawrence C of E Primary
Southam CV47 8LT
9:30 – 4:00pm
Session 1
Thursday 26th October 2023
Session 1
Wednesday 22nd November 2023
Session 2
Friday 1st December 2023
Session 2
Wednesday 13th December 2023
Session 3
Friday 26th January 2024
Session 3
Wednesday 10th January 2024
Session 4
Thursday 29th February 2024
Session 4
Wednesday 13th March 2024

We are currently at capacity for this programme, if you are interested in taking part in 2024-25 please join the waiting list below.

We would love to work with you!

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