Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics – Teaching Assistants

This project is designed to support primary teaching assistants 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 teaching assistants who are supporting maths, and who would like to develop their specialist knowledge for teaching maths. It will be particularly relevant for new TAs or TAs that have not received maths-specific training.

What is involved?

The programme will focus on what is effective in the learning and teaching of mathematics and will include content chosen from the following mathematical areas:

  • Number sense
  • Additive reasoning
  • Multiplicative reasoning

The model for these is four PD days with in-school work between these days plus a short online introductory session. Schools are encouraged to engage at least two participants in a group, where possible, in order to maximise learning and impact. We hope to run this programme face to face in two locations, if possible, but may need to run it fully online to allow access across the hub region

What will you learn?

Participants will:

  • review their practice as a result of the sessions and make specific adaptations to support the pupils they are working with
  • understand key elements of mathematics and how understanding can be supported, including attending to precise language, structures and representations.

What is the cost?

The SKTM Primary Teaching Assistants Programme project is fully funded by the Maths Hubs Programme so is free to participating schools