Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Maths - Secondary Early Career Teachers

This project is designed to support secondary early career teachers (teachers in their first two years of teaching) in developing specialist knowledge for teaching mathematics, thus enabling them to understand, teach and support pupils in maths in the classroom.


What is involved?

Participants will work deeply on one area of maths, drawing in the associated pedagogy, and activities will include lesson analysis and lesson design. 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 students’ 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.


The wider context

‘Teachers deserve high quality support throughout their careers, particularly in those first years of teaching when the learning curve is steepest… However, too often, new teachers have not enjoyed the support they need to thrive, nor have they had adequate time to devote to their professional development. The Early Career Framework (ECF) underpins an entitlement to a fully-funded, two-year package of structured training and support for early career teachers linked to the best available research evidence.’ – ECF (Jan 2019) This project aims to offer high quality maths support for early career teachers, recognising the requirements of the ECF and the impact of Covid on their ITT experience. The ECF underpins what all early career teachers should be entitled to learn about and learn how to do based on expert guidance and the best available research evidence. As is the case for other professions, areas covered in initial training will be covered in greater depth as part of induction as teachers continue their journey to becoming experts. The work in this project will be in line with this, with an emphasis on standards 2, 3 and 4.


Who can apply?

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


What is the cost?

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


Who will be leading this Programme?

Nick Asker - Independent Education Consultant, specialising in improving learning in mathematics


Where and when?

All sessions will be Face to Face from 10am to 3pm and held at Kibworth Grammar School Hall, School Road, Kibworth, LE8 0JE

  • Session 1- Tuesday 24th January 2023
  • Session 2- Monday 20th March 2023
  • Session 3- Wednesday 10th May 2023
  • Session 4- Monday 26th June 2023



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