Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Maths - Primary Early Career Teachers

This project is designed to support primary early career teachers in developing specialist knowledge for teaching mathematics, thus enabling them to understand, teach and support pupils in maths in the classroom.

There are two phases: Phase 1 communities are for those identified as Early Career Teachers- teachers in their first or second year of teaching. Phase 2 Communities are for those in the early part of their careers. They will have engaged with Phase 1 before engaging with this phase. 

If you have previously participated in SKTM - Primary Early Career Teachers 2021/22 and wish to continue into a second year please follow the link below for further information on Phase 2.


What is involved?

Participants will work deeply on one area of maths (number sense), drawing in the associated pedagogy, and activities will include lesson analysis and lesson design. The emphasis is on supporting ECTs with observing and reflecting on their own practice.

This programme will take place across the equivalent of four days.


What are the benefits?

Participants will:

  • plan and teach a carefully sequenced and coherent area of maths
  • appreciate the key ideas underpinning the area of maths being taught
  • understand key principles and approaches associated with teaching for mastery
  • understand approaches to assess pupils’ prior learning, so that learning sequences take this into account
  • make appropriate use of representations to expose the structure of the maths being taught.


What are the expectations?

Participants and their schools must be able to commit to the full academic year’s programme.


Who can apply?

This programme is designed for primary early career teachers (those in their first or second year of teaching).


What is the cost?

The SKTM – Primary Early Career Teachers project is fully funded by the Maths Hubs Programme so is free to participating schools.


Where and When?

SKTM - Primary Early Career Teachers Phase 1 

The face-to-face sessions will be held at Dovelands Primary School, Hinckley Road, Leicester, LE3 0TJ

  • Session 1: (Face to Face) Tuesday 15th November 2022, 9.30am-3.30pm 
  • Session 2: (Online) Tuesday 6th December 2022, twilight (with ECT and mentor), 4.00pm - 5.00pm
  • Session 3: (Face to Face) Thursday 26th January 2023, 9.30am-3.30pm 
  • Session 4: (Online) Thursday 9th February 2023, twilight (with ECT and mentor), 4.00pm - 5.00pm
  • Session 5: (Face to Face) Tuesday 25th April 2023, 9.30am-3.30pm 
  • Session 6: (Online) Tuesday 16th May 2023, twilight (with ECT and mentor), 4.00pm - 5.00pm
  • Session 7: (Face to Face) Thursday 15th June  2023, 9.30am-12.00pm 


If you are participating in SKTM - Primary Early Career Teachers Phase 2 details of where and when can be found by following this link


Who will lead the programme?

Keith Ellis - Lecturer in Primary Education at University of Leicester, NCETM Professional Development Lead, Experienced Maths Hub Work Group lead, Former Headteacher and Maths Subject Lead



This Programme has now started and we are no longer accepting applications, however if you would like to express an interest in our 2023/24 programme, please complete our expression of interest form