This work group aims to help primary teachers improve their knowledge of primary mathematics content (subject knowledge) with a particular emphasis on mathematical structures in key areas. Teachers will also develop their understanding of the background pedagogy (how children learn the maths) so that their teaching can be more effective. Approaches explored during the work group will be consistent with teaching for mastery. It will contribute to a national project, with participation across the Maths Hubs Network in England, which aims to refine and perfect an SKE improvement model that maximises effective teaching.
Cathryn is Teaching for Mastery Lead for Salop & Herefordshire Maths Hub; an associate adviser for the Shropshire (Primary mathematics); and lecturer for the University of Chester's School Direct programme. She is also co-author of Edge Hill University's Maths Specialist Teacher programme.
Teachers in primary schools who want to develop their own understanding and enjoyment of mathematics, or who want to learn more about mathematics pedagogy within a teaching for mastery context.
For Y1 and Y2 teachers who wish to enhance their own maths subject knowledge. There will be a focus on developing ‘teaching for mastery’ approaches and the ‘five big ideas’. Consequently, teachers in schools involved in the ‘teaching for mastery’ work groups, this year or last, should find these sessions particularly useful. There will be a focus on number; addition & subtraction; multiplication and fractions in Y1 and Y2.
Cover costs of up to £180 per day will be paid for teachers in their first two years of teaching.