Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics - Primary Programme (for teachers)

Dates: To be confirmed for 2021-22. Venue tbc.

We recommend that teachers currently teaching Year 1 or 2 (or moving classes to teach Year 1 or 2 next year) wishing to join SKTM book for this SKTM Work Group, starting in May:

Bookings are initially limited to one place per school for this Work Group. Until 12th May, please only book if the teaching assistant working with the same class is also booking on to the SKTM for teaching assistants Work Group. Although the SKTM Work Groups for teachers and teaching assistants will be run at different times, they will be linked with common school-based tasks to prioritise collaborative working.

Participants will develop specialist knowledge for teaching mathematics, thus enabling them to understand, teach and support pupils in the maths classroom.

It has long been recognised that maths teaching is enhanced when the teachers are confident about the subject matter. Seabourne’s work over the period of 2004-06 found that Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) led to ‘improvements in subject knowledge, attitude, understanding and confidence’. Gibson, O'Toole, Dennison & Oliver’s (2013) report on SKE across all subjects in which SKE is offered finds that levels of subject knowledge and confidence in the subject are dramatically enhanced on completion of SKE.


Who will be leading the group?

Primary Teaching for Mastery Specialist Teachers - tbc

Who is it for?

These SKTM programmes are designed for teachers who would like to further develop their specialist knowledge for teaching maths. 

What are the intended outcomes?

Pupil outcomes

Pupils will:

  • have greater exposure to mathematical representations and structures and will start to be seen to use these independently in their work
  • be able to explain their maths and their mathematical thinking using appropriate language
  • demonstrate a positive attitude towards maths, being willing to have a go, persevere, and share their mathematical ideas.

Practice development:

  • Teachers will review their practice as a result of the sessions and make specific adaptations to impact on pupil outcomes.

Professional learning

Teachers will enhance their maths subject knowledge with an emphasis on the key structures in each mathematical area covered e.g.

  • understand the key elements that form number sense, including precise language, structures and representations
  • understand the forms of addition and subtraction, including precise language, structures and representations
  • understand the forms of multiplication and division, including precise language, structures and representations
  • understand the forms of fractions, including precise language, structures and representations.

What will it involve?

The programme is based on five core primary modules:

  • Policy and impact on practice
  • Number sense
  • Additive reasoning
  • Multiplicative reasoning
  • Fractions.

Participants will work collaboratively, spending around 3 hours on each of these five modules.

Research and evidence are used to inform practice. Participants are encouraged to share these more widely in schools to support discussion on current policies and approaches.

All participants are expected to attend all three workshops and complete school based tasks between the workshops. They will be asked to keep a reflection log for their own use and contribute to the national evaluation process.

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 school based tasks between workshops, trying out activities with pupils to promote understanding, reasoning and fluency

What is the cost?


Cover costs of up to £200 per day will be paid for teachers in their first two years of teaching. Please indicate where requested on the booking form.