Early Years Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics Programme

The Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics Early Years Programme is a project is to support Early Years teachers in developing specialist knowledge for teaching mathematics, thus enabling them to understand, teach and support pupils in maths in the classroom.


This is a continuation of last years NCP20-23 with core materials.


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.