NCP19-24 - Shrewsbury - Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics - Years 3 & 4 - Starts 1/5/20

Friday 1 May, Friday 5 June, Shrewsbury Town Football Club

Primary teachers wishing to develop enhanced mathematical subject knowledge to improve their maths teaching are invited to take part in this project. Participants will develop deeper, more connected understanding of topics on the primary maths curriculum. They will also explore how children learn mathematical concepts and ways to support this. The approaches developed will be consistent with teaching for mastery.


Who will be leading the group?

Cathryn Hardy

Cathryn is Primary Teaching for Mastery Lead for SHaW Maths Hub. Cathryn is former Primary mathematics adviser for Shropshire and also co-author and lecturer for post-graduate mathematics education programmes.

Who is it for?

The programme is aimed at individuals or groups of individuals who would like to develop their specialist knowledge for teaching mathematics. This may be particularly relevant for teachers new to teaching mathematics. Participants are expected to be working as classroom teachers.

What are the 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.

What will it involve?

Classroom practice will develop through 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:

  • Two face to face workshop days
  • Independent study and setting-based work including gap tasks and evaluation
  • Online discussion as part of a professional community

All participants are expected to attend all workshops and complete gap tasks in their schools between the sessions. They will be asked to keep a reflection log for their own use and contribute to the national evaluation process, through a short online survey after the Work Group has finished.

What is the cost?


Cover costs of up to £200 per day will be paid for teachers in their first two years of teaching. Please indicate where requested on the booking form.