Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Maths - Primary Teaching Assistants

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's involved?

The programme will focus on the following mathematical areas:

  • What is effective in the learning and teaching of mathematics?
  • Number sense (part 1)
  • Number sense (part 2)
  • Additive reasoning
  • Multiplicative reasoning
  • Fractions.


What are the benefits?

Participants will:

  • review their practice as a result of the sessions and make specific adaptations to support the pupils they are working with
  • 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.


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 teaching assistants who are supporting maths, and who would like to develop their specialist knowledge for teaching maths. It will be particularly relevant for new TAs or TAs that have not received maths-specific training.


What is the cost?

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


When and where?


*NEW* Online Work Group

All sessions will be online and will run from 9.15am-11:45am

  • Session 1- Wednesday 11th January 2023
  • Session 2- Friday 3rd February 2023*
  • Session 3- Tuesday 28th February 2023*
  • Session 4- Wednesday 22nd March 2023
  • Session 5- Wednesday 26th April 2023
  • Session 6- Wednesday 17th May 2023
  • Session 7- Wednesday 7th June 2023
  • Session 8- Wednesday 5th July 2023
*Please note sessions 2 and 3 were previously scheduled to take place on Wednesday 1st February 2023 and Wednesday 1st March 2023


Leicestershire Work Group (Please note this Work Group is no longer accepting applications)

All sessions will be Face to Face, from 9.15am to 3pm and will be held at Hallam Fields Primary School, Long Meadow Way, Birstall, Leicestershire LE4 3LL

  • Session 1- Wednesday 9th November 2022
  • Session 2- Monday 16th January 2023
  • Session 3- Tuesday 14th March 2023*
  • Session 4- Monday 5th June 2023
*Please note session 3 was previously scheduled to take place on Wednesday 15th March 2023 


Northamptonshire Work Group (Cancelled)

Unfortunately due to insufficient numbers we are no longer running our Northamptonshire Work Group, we have an Online Work Group which will run instead. 



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