London South West Maths Hub


Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics Programmes - Primary Teachers

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Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics Programmes

Primary Teachers


This Work Group has been designed to support primary teachers who wish to develop their mathematical subject knowledge in conjunction with understanding the pedagogy that underpins the teaching of it. Understanding of mathematical structures will be explored so participants gain a detailed derstanding of how children learn early mathematical concepts.

This is a continuation of NCP17-14 and NCP18-20. This year, the developed resources will be trialled across the Maths Hubs Network with the aim of refining the materials to create a standardised modular programme which can be designed to address local needs.



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; these might include pupil interviews, lesson study and work scrutiny. Research and evidence are used to inform their practice and participants are encouraged to share these more widely in 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.


Expectations of participants and their schools

Participants are expected to be working as classroom teachers.  All participants are expected to attend all 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, probably through a short online survey after the Work Group has finished.


The Chaucer Centre, Canterbury Road, Morden, SM4 6PX


All sessions are in the afternoon and run from 13.00 - 17.00

Day 1 Tuesday 3rd December 2019

Day 2 Tuesday 21st January 2020

Day 3 Tuesday 3rd March 2020


Day 4 online

Session 4A - Wednesday 13th May 2020 (10-11:30am) - Fractions  

Session 4B -  Friday 15th May 2020(10-11:30am) - Fractions