London South West Maths Hub


Effective Numeracy Intervention for Secondary TA's

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In response to local demand, this Work Group has been designed to support secondary teaching assistants in providing effective intervention in keeping with a ‘Teaching for Mastery’ approach. 

Currently, there is need for ‘keep up’ (in readiness for the next day’s lesson) and ‘catch up’ for those with gaps in their mathematical understanding.


This project aims to equip secondary Teaching Assistants to:

  • support pupils who have fallen behind or are at risk of doing so

  • use a range of strategies and resources to diagnose and address weaknesses in pupils’ understanding

  • enable pupils to make better than expected progress


Audience: Secondary schools using a teaching for mastery approach, in which Teaching Assistants play a role in supporting pupils to ‘keep up’ and/or ‘catch up’


Day 1:    18th October 2018      (12.00 – 15.00)


Day 2:    30th  January 2019      (12.00 – 15.00)


Day 3:    2nd April 2019               (12.00 – 15.00)


Three half-day sessions on subject knowledge enhancement, questioning techniques, assessment for learning and resources. There will be gap tasks between these half-day sessions.

Between the sessions there will be one half-day visit to each participating school, to observe and review TA led sessions, with feedback provided to subject leaders.


Location:   Saint Cecilia’s CofE School, Sutherland Grove, London, SW18 5JR


Work Group Lead:   Helen Blanchard


Cost:   FREE