2023-24 Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics (Secondary non-specialists)

Wednesday 18 October, Monday 13 November, Monday 4 December, Tuesday 16 January, Tuesday 6 February, Monday 11 March, Monday 15 April, Tuesday 7 May, Monday 24 June

Workshop Dates:

Workshop 1 and 2 - Wednesday 18th October - 1300-1630 - AFC Telford

Workshop 3 and 4 - Monday 13th November - 1300-1630 - Online

Workshop 5 and 6 - Monday 4th December - 1300-1630 - Online

Workshop 7 and 8 - Tuesday 16th January 2024 - 1300-1630 - Online

Workshop 9 and 10 - Tuesday 6th February 2024 - 1300-1630 - Online

Workshop 11 and 12 - Monday 11th March - 1300-1630 - Online

Workshop 13 and 14 - Monday 15th April - 1300-1630 - Online

Workshop 15 and 16 - Tuesday 7th May - 1300-1630 - Online

Workshop 17 and 18 - Monday 24th June - 1300-1630 - Online


When booking, please note the dates and times in your diary, and submit your cover request in school.

This project is designed to support non-specialist teachers teaching maths in a secondary school in developing specialist knowledge for teaching mathematics, thus enabling them to understand, teach and support pupils in maths in the classroom.

The programme will have the following elements:

  • Online workshops
  • The opportunity to put new learning into practice
  • Lesson study (collaborative planning, teaching, watching planned lesson and reflection)
  • Self study

Outline of content

  • Place value estimating and rounding
  • Properties of number
  • Ordering and comparing
  • Simplifying and manipulating expressions and equations
  • Arithmetic procedures
  • Solving linear equations
  • Multiplicative reasoning
  • Trigonometry
  • Sequences
  • Graphic representations
  • Statistical representation and measures
  • Statistical analysis
  • Stats - probability
  • Geometrical properties
  • Perimeter, area and volume
  • Transforming shapes
  • Constructions

Mathematics is a creative and highly interconnected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject (National Curriculum).


Maths Hubs are well placed to provide training for non-specialist teachers of maths so that these teachers have the opportunity to increase their knowledge and understanding of the intentions of the maths national curriculum and develop their pedagogical skills. This programme is aligned with an overall Teaching for Mastery Programme designed to develop maths teaching in secondary schools.

Who will be leading the group?

Louise Hoskyns-Staples

Louise is Assistant Maths Hub Lead (Evaluation) for SHaW Maths Hub. She worked as a researcher in mathematics assessment within the DfE and her current research interest is mathematics teacher pedagogy. Louise is a former Secondary Head of Maths, and has led many recent developments in Primary Maths Education. She led the primary mathematics ITE team at the University of Worcester, teaching and supervising student research, and providing CPD to local schools. She is well placed to share her Primary and Secondary expertise to help develop subject and pedagogical knowledge.

Who is it for?

This programme is provided for non-specialist teachers of maths in state-funded schools who fit the following definition:

A non-specialist teacher of mathematics is ‘a teacher that is currently teaching some mathematics who has not undertaken initial teacher training (ITT) in mathematics’.

This includes non-Specialist teachers that may have already been teaching Maths for several years.

If there is sufficient space in the cohort, other teachers of maths who do not fit this definition but would benefit from this support may also participate.

Do you have any non-specialist teachers in your Maths Department? Please bring this to the attention of eligible colleagues. Thank you.

What are the intended outcomes?

Pupil outcomes

Pupils will:

  • develop a deep, secure and connected understanding of the maths they are learning
  • achieve both conceptual understanding and procedural fluency
  • enjoy maths lessons and have a positive attitude to learning the subject.

Practice development

  • Non-specialist teachers of maths will explore and increase their use of a range of pedagogic approaches consistent with teaching for mastery
  • Non-specialist teachers of maths will increase their confidence in planning for progression in maths.

Professional learning

Non-specialist teachers of maths will improve their subject and curriculum knowledge of secondary maths with a particular emphasis on mathematical structures in key areas.

What will it involve?

he programme is aligned to the NCETM teaching for mastery pedagogy and is based on six key themes:

  • Structure of the number system
  • Operating on number
  • Multiplicative reasoning
  • Sequences and graphs
  • Statistics and probability
  • Geometry

What is the cost?

Funded by DfE so participation is free for schools

Work group full