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Early Years Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics Programme


These programmes are designed for individuals who would like to develop their specialist knowledge for teaching maths to three- to five-year-olds. This may be particularly relevant for teachers that have moved phases or have not received maths-specific training.


There are two types of SKTM Early Years pathways:

  • Pathway One: Number Patterns and Structures

  • Pathway Two: Pattern, Shape, Space and Measures.

Each pathway has three core elements, three associated pedagogy sessions,

and a task to support the transition from theory to practice. There is also a final

core unit that aims to review quality provision.

These programmes are needed as ‘Early Years settings and schools should invest in developing practitioners’ own understanding of mathematics, their understanding of how children typically learn, and how this relates to effective pedagogy.’ – EEF KS1 Guidance Report

The intention is that each pathway would be the equivalent of a four-day programme. Participants could be encouraged to do one pathway one year and the other the following year.

What will you learn?

  • Your pupils will demonstrate a positive attitude towards maths, being willing to have a go, persevere, and share their mathematical ideas

  • You will review the mathematical learning opportunities and pedagogical approaches across your wider provision

  • You will evaluate and enhance the opportunities to promote mathematical learning in all areas of provision

The SKTM Early Years Programme is fully funded by the Maths Hubs Programme so is free to participating schools.

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