Specialist Knowledge for Mathematics – Primary Early Career Teachers

This project is designed to support primary early career teachers (teachers in their first two years of teaching) in developing specialist knowledge for teaching mathematics, thus enabling them to understand, teach and support pupils in maths in the classroom.

Who can take part?

This programme is designed for primary early career teachers (those in their first or second year of teaching).

What is involved?

At a local level, Work Groups will explore one of the following themes:

  • designing effective learning and teaching in maths (building early number concepts)
  • designing effective learning and teaching in maths (additive reasoning)
  • designing effective learning and teaching in maths (multiplicative reasoning).

Participants will work deeply on one area of maths, drawing in the associated pedagogy, and activities will include lesson analysis and lesson design.

The model for this programme is four PD days with in-school work between these days plus a short introductory session. Schools are encouraged to engage  two participants in a group, where possible, in order to maximise learning and impact. The plan is for the programme to run fully online to allow access across the hub region and will include observation and analysis of teaching and learning.

What will you learn?

Participants will:

  • plan and teach a carefully sequenced and coherent area of maths
  • appreciate the key ideas underpinning the area of maths being taught
  • understand key principles and approaches associated with teaching for mastery
  • understand approaches to assess pupils’ prior learning, so that learning sequences take this into account
  • make appropriate use of representations to expose the structure of the maths being taught.

What is the cost?

The SKTM Primary Early Career Teachers Programme project is fully funded by the Maths Hubs Programme so is free to participating schools.