Primary Teaching Assistants Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics Programme

The Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics Primary Teaching Assistants Programme

is designed for primary teaching assistants who are supporting maths, and who would like

to develop their specialist knowledge for teaching maths. This may be particularly relevant

for new TAs or TAs that have not received maths-specific training.

The purpose of the programme is to support primary teaching assistants (TAs) in developing

specialist knowledge for teaching mathematics, thus enabling them to understand, teach and

support pupils in the maths classroom.

This year will see the launch of Primary Teaching Assistant specific materials (same areas as primary SKTM) and 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.

This programme will last the equivalent of four days.

Participants will enhance their maths subject knowledge with an emphasis on the key structures in each mathematical area covered e.g.

  • understand the key elements that form number sense, including precise language, structures, and representations

  • understand the forms of addition and subtraction, including the precise language, structures, and representations

  • understand the forms of multiplication and division, including the precise language, structures, and representations

understand the forms of fractions, including precise language, structures, and representations.