Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics Primary Teaching Assistants Work Group 2020-21

The purpose of the programmes in this project is to support teaching assistants (TAs) in developing specialist knowledge for teaching mathematics, thus enabling them to understand, teach and support pupils in the maths classroom.This is a continuation of NCP19-24 where core materials were shared, trialled and evaluated.

The programme is based on the four core modules for primary:

  • Number sense
  • Additive reasoning
  • Multiplicative reasoning
  • Fractions


These programmes are designed for TAs 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.


These modules are each designed to be delivered over three hours. This year an additional module has been developed as an introduction (two hours), which sets the scene for the current maths teaching landscape. Additional materials for each module are also available that focus on progression. These modules are expected to be integral to the design of the SKTM programme. Depending on the additional modules selected, this programme will last three or 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




The Work Group is offered free to all state-funded secondary schools in England.

For more information regarding this Work Group please email mathshub@george-spencer.notts.sch.uk


The ongoing impact of the coronavirus outbreak and knock on effects on schools life remain uncertain. So, all Maths Hubs work will adapt to changing realities. There’s likely to be more live online collaboration, for example. In addition Work Groups content will address both schools recovery from coronavirus related disruption and the central maths subject matter of each project.