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Secondary Teaching Assistant Subject Knowledge Enhancement

Great North Maths Hub

Wednesday, 23 January 2019 from 12:30 to 15:30 (GMT)

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There is more to subject knowledge than being able to do the maths yourself. The Teaching Assistant SKE project is designed to develop teaching assistants’ subject knowledge in maths so they can support children’s learning in the classroom and in small intervention groups.

Work Groups will explore maths in depth, making connections between topics and concepts. Participants will also work collaboratively, led by a local leader of maths education (LLME) to develop deep and secure subject knowledge and appropriate pedagogy so they are well-equipped to support pupils.

 The programme, which is free to attend, runs from 12:30 to 15:30 on the 23rd January 2019, 5th March 2019, 2nd May 2019 and 24th June 2019. 

Who is this for?

Secondary school TAs, this could include a TA or HLTA who is currently working specifically with the Maths department in their school or who is new to this role. It could also include general TAs who support Maths lessons or interventions on a smaller scale and would benefit from a deeper understanding of maths subject knowledge and pedagogy.

 Work Group activity

  • 4 half days of workshops with other practitioners on the programme 
  • Independent study and setting-based work including gap tasks and evaluation
  • Online discussion as part of a professional community
  • Support and mentoring from Work Group Lead

Intended Outcomes

As a result of this project, participants’ skills and confidence in the maths classroom will be increased. TAs will develop knowledge of the pedagogy of maths teaching and how to support pupils effectively by use of questioning and better understanding of common misconceptions. The topics in focus will be on Place Value, Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication & Division and Fractions.  

Those involved will get better at working within classes and with small groups of pupils; they will gain knowledge of practical ways to apply the skills and understanding developed during the programme, in order to provide consistent maths support to pupils.

 Expectations of participants and their schools

Participants are expected to be working in a classroom environment and/or involved with individual or small group support and intervention. All participants are expected to attend all the sessions and complete gap tasks in their schools between the sessions. They will also be asked to keep a learning log for their own use and contribute to the national evaluation process, probably through a short online survey after the Work Group has finished

When booking you will be asked to give your NCETM Username. We ask for this as we will use the NCETM website to coordinate your programme evaluations, in order to report to the DfE. If you do not already have an NCETM username, please create one here


Data Privacy

As part of our role in leading the Great North Maths Hub, we collect and hold a certain amount of data about individuals involved in our work. The data includes name, role (with respect to hub work), school, email address, NCETM username and (in some cases) telephone number. The agreement between us and the Department of Education requires us to monitor and evaluate our work as a Maths Hub, and this is the legal basis for the data that we hold, on, for example, participation in the Work Groups that we coordinate. Such data is reported on a regular basis to the NCETM.


Do you have questions about Secondary Teaching Assistant Subject Knowledge Enhancement? Contact Great North Maths Hub

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Village Hotel Newcastle
10 The Silverlink North
West Allotment
NE27 0BY Newcastle upon Tyne
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 23 January 2019 from 12:30 to 15:30 (GMT)

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Great North Maths Hub

The Great North Maths Hub is part of a national programme of 35 maths hubs, funded by DfE to bring together mathematics education professionals in a collaborative manner to develop and spread excellent practice, for the benefit of all pupils and students. The Great North Maths Hub works with schools and educational providers across the Northumberland, Tyne, Wear and County Durham areas.

If you would like further information about the Maths Hub programme, please visit or download our FREE app available from your app store, search for Great North Maths Hub.

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