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Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics Programmes (Primary TA's)


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This project is designed to support Teaching Assistants (TAs) in developing specialist knowledge for teaching mathematics, thus enabling them to understand, teach and support pupils in maths in the classroom.


What is involved?

The programme is based on four core primary modules:

  • Number sense
  • Additive reasoning
  • Multiplicative reasoning
  • Fractions

An additional module offers an introduction which sets the scene for the current maths teaching landscape. 

Participants and their schools will:
  • Enhance their maths subject knowledge with an emphasis on the key structures in each mathematical area covered
  • Understand the key elements that form number sense, forms of addition and subtraction, forms of multiplication and division, and forms of fractions, including precise language, structures and representations
  • Review their practice as a result of the sessions and make specific adaptations to impact on pupil outcomes


When and where

This year we are offering two cohorts enabling more schools and TAs to participate in the programme and enhance their subject knowledge.

All sessions have been designed to take place online allowing greater flexibility for staff with no travel commitments.

All sessions take place online in the afternoon from 1.30pm – 3.30pm.

Cohort One:  

Session 1 – Monday 18 January 2021  online

Session 2 – Monday 01 February 2021 online

Session 3 – Monday 01 March 2021 online

Session 4 – Monday 22 March 2021  online

Session 5 – Thursday 06 May 2021  online

Session 6 – Monday 17 May 2021 online

Cohort Two:  

Session 1 – Tuesday 19 January 2021  online

Session 2 – Tuesday 02 February 2021  online

Session 3 – Tuesday 02 March 2021 online

Session 4 – Tuesday 23 March 2021  online

Session 5 – Tuesday 04 May 2021 online

Session 6 – Tuesday 18 May 2021 online

Who is it for?

This programme is designed for TAs who are supporting maths, and who would like to develop their specialist knowledge for teaching maths. This may be particularly relevant for new TAs or TAs that have not received maths-specific training.  Open to schools in Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton and Wandsworth.


What is the cost?

The SKTM – Teaching Assistant programme is fully funded by the Maths Hubs Programme so is free to participating schools.