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Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Maths (Teaching Assistants)

The purpose of this project is to support primary teaching assistants (TAs) in developing specialist knowledge for teaching mathematics, enabling them to understand, teach and support pupils in the maths classroom.  These programmes are 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.

This year the focus will be 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

These networks are free to all teaching assistants and schools involved.

We have a limit of two participants per school to ensure we can support as many schools as possible. If you would like to sign up more, please email to let us know, and we will see if we are able to accommodate your request.

Feedback from participants:

“It has been a valuable experience, with plenty to take back to school to build on.”

"[The Work Group Lead] was a great teacher, enhancing my subject knowledge and creating an atmosphere in the group in which I felt able to contribute."

Dates and Venue


The sessions for this programme will be taking place from 9:30am to 2:30pm on the following dates:

  • Friday 19th January
  • Friday 1st March
  • Tuesday 23rd April
  • Tuesday 11th June

All sessions will be taking place at Tanners Brook Primary School, Elme's Drive, Millbrook, Southampton, SO15 4PF.


We will also be running a Portsmouth group for this programme. This group will also consist of 4 face-to-face sessions running from 9:30am to 2:30pm on the following dates:

  • Friday 5th January
  • Friday 23rd February
  • Monday 22nd April
  • Monday 3rd June

All sessions will be taking place at The Training and Learning Centre, The Portsmouth Academy, St Mary's Road, Portsmouth, PO1 5PF

Bookings for this programme are now full for this academic year. We are looking to run the programme next year. If you would like to express your interest in taking part, please email

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