Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Maths - Primary Teachers- Spatial Reasoning Pathway

This project is designed to support primary 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 pathways: Number, and Spatial Reasoning. Each pathway consists of several core units and looks at specific core units and looks at specific topics as well as policy and practice. Exploration of modules in these pathways will take place during the academic year, over the equivalent of four days. Participants in the programme may wish to follow one pathway this year, and the other pathway next year. 


What's involved?

Spatial Reasoning will focus on:

  • The importance of spatial reasoning within the mathematics curriculum
  • Understanding the properties of shapes and developing geometric reasoning
  • Enhancing opportunities for spatial reasoning
  • Considering links between spatial reasoning and number/calculation


What are the benefits?

Participants will:

  • Your pupils will demonstrate a positive attitude towards maths, being willing to have a go, persevere, and share their mathematical ideas
  • Your pupils will be able to explain their maths and their mathematical thinking using appropriate language
  • You will review your practice as a result of the sessions and make practice-specific adaptations to impact on pupil outcomes
  • You will enhance your maths subject knowledge with an emphasis on the key structures in each mathematical area covered


Who can apply?

This programme is designed for teachers who would like to further develop their specialist knowledge for teaching maths. It will be particularly relevant for teachers who have previously completed the 21/22 SKTM - Primary Teachers Programme, that have moved phases or teachers that have not received maths-specific training.


What is the cost?

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


Where and when?

The face-to-face sessions will be held at Hallam Fields Primary School, Long Meadow Way, Birstall, Leicestershire LE4 3LL

  • Introductory session (online): Monday 7th November 1:15pm-2:45pm (A member of SLT will be asked to join the first part of this session)
  • Session 1 (face-to-face): Wednesday 23rd November - 9:15am-2:45pm
  • Session 2 (face-to-face): Thursday 2nd February- 9:15am-2:45pm
  • Session 3 (face-to-face): Monday 20th March- 9:15am-2:45pm
  • Session 4 (face-to-face): Tuesday 13th June- 9:15am-2:45pm


Who will lead the programme?

Vicki Giffard - Primary mathematics Consultant



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