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Secondary non-specialist Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics


This project is designed to support non-specialist teachers teaching maths in a secondary school in developing specialist knowledge for teaching mathematics, thus enabling them to understand, teach and support students in maths in the classroom. 

The programme is aligned to the NCETM teaching for mastery pedagogy and is based on six key themes:

  • Structure of the number system

  • Operating on number

  • Multiplicative reasoning

  • Sequences and graphs

  • Statistics and probability

  • Geometry.

This programme is provided for non-specialist teachers of maths in state-funded schools who fit the following definition: 

'A non-specialist teacher of mathematics is a teacher in a state funded school or college that is currently teaching some mathematics or has a commitment from a headteacher/executive headteacher to teach some mathematics within the next year who has not undertaken initial teacher training (ITT) in mathematics’

For the purpose of clarity this could include:

a) Non-specialist QTS qualified teacher with an active commitment from their school to teach maths within the next year.

b) Non-specialist non-QTS teacher with an active commitment from their school to teach maths within the next academic year.

c) Overseas-trained maths teacher (from EEA or big 4) with:

    - QTS obtained through the mutual recognition route

    - Resident in the UK and eligible to work in England

    - Have an approved teaching post in a secondary school or college with commitment from their new school to complete SKTM


Non-specialist teachers of maths will improve their subject and curriculum knowledge of secondary maths with a particular emphasis on mathematical structures in key areas.  


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