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Teacher Subject Specialism Training


Are you a current or prospective secondary maths teacher who wants to develop their subject knowledge and classroom practice? Are you interested in improving student outcomes in and experience of KS3 and then K24 maths? If so, this is the programme for you.

Teacher Subject Specialist Training is a fully funded programme designed to improve the subject knowledge of non-specialist teachers and returning teachers.

Through a series of interactive sessions, teachers develop their subject knowledge and pedagogic practice, supported by:

  • pre-training preparatory tasks and reading
  • post-training consolidation tasks and reading
  • in-class ‘gap’ tasks between training

Each session will take an in-depth look at a phase-appropriate strand of the core curriculum.

Core pedagogy, such as catalysing reasoning, will also be developed in every session.


  • Deeper subject and curriculum knowledge
  • Richer understanding of conceptual progression
  • Enhanced classroom practice, including questioning and assessment
  • Reflective use of teaching materials and resources
  • Confident use of concrete manipulatives and pictorial representations to develop abstract understanding
  • Sustained and sustainable impact on student outcomes
  • Improved student confidence and enjoyment


Session 1 21 January 2021  12.30pm - 4.30pm
Session 2 04 February 2021  12.30pm - 4.30pm
Session 3 25 February 2021 12.30pm - 4.30pm
Session 4 11 March 2021 12.30pm - 4.30pm
Session 5 25 March 2021 12.30pm - 4.30pm



General Subject Knowledge and Resources 

  • A range of opportunities available from FutureLearn, which includes in depth Maths subject knowledge and Asian teaching methods.
  • Weekly CPD downloads in a 'bitesize' format, including a GCSE Maths masterclass from Teachwire.
  • Any (or all!) of the Mr Barton podcasts. Our current recommendations for development of subject knowledge are the Jo Morgan 'topics in depth' episodes on angles in parallel lines and indices.
  • Jo Morgan's blog packed full of interesting resource ideas, resourceaholic.
  • For developing understanding of 'mastery', take a look at the CPD materials from the NCETM. You can also work through the excellent home learning resources released recently for Years 7 and 8 by White Rose Maths and Mathematics Mastery.
  • For developing your A Level teaching skills to run alongside the Dr Frost PowerPoints, there are comprehensive booklets of questions recently uploaded to TES: Pure Maths Year 1, Applied Maths Year 1, Pure Maths Year 2, Applied Maths Year 2, Core Pure Maths 1,Core Pure Maths 2
  • The courses from AMSP include units on preparing students for STEP or MAT as well as developing the way in which we support students to reach A* grades at A level, plus GCSE problem solving and many more.
  • Further A level Maths and Further Maths resources have also been made available by MEI.
  • If you are interested in finding out more about effective home learning there are lots of great discussions taking place online including examples from Ollie LovellDoug Lemov and, of course, Craig Barton.