Y5-8 Continuity Work Group

This Work Group aims to improve communication between Key Stages 2 and 3.  Teachers from different phases work together collaboratively on multiplicative reasoning to develop a consistent approach through discussion, joint lesson design and delivery, observation and the development of documentation to support continuity.


Participant teachers will gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of progression in mathematical learning between Years 5 and 8, and, in parallel, a clearer understanding of the teaching approaches and pupil experiences that best serve that purpose, particularly in the ‘other’ school phase.

Participant teachers will further their experience and understanding of how consistent use of resources, representations and structures can be used to help pupils develop sound mathematical understanding.

Teachers will develop shared approaches to planning and delivery of the mathematics curriculum across KS2 and KS3.

who is it for?

This Work Group is for KS3 secondary maths teachers and KS2 primary teachers. Each Work Group will ideally consist of pairs of teachers, from linked, or neighbouring, primary and secondary schools, working together to develop a shared understanding of the teaching that gives the best chance of pupils progressing steadily in their mathematical understanding between Years 5 and 8.


Work Groups will meet three times during the year, with participants engaging in gap tasks at their own schools between each meeting. Meetings and gap tasks may include shared observation, lesson study, collaborative planning using shared models and representations, production of shared progression documents. The Work Groups will be using multiplicative reasoning as a vehicle for exploring curriculum and pedagogical continuity.

Three day-long face-to-face workshop sessions on the following dates:

Day 1: Wednesday 11 December 2019, Portland Conference Centre, NG8 4BW

Day 2: Wednesday 29 January 2020, Pear Tree Junior School, DE23 8PN

Day 3: Tuesday 28 April 2020, Ashfield School, NG17 8HP

expectations of participants and their schools

  • Schools will need to commit to the release of the same nominated teacher(s) for all face-to-face workshops and to support them in the gap tasks.
  • Meeting time should be provided for the nominated teacher(s) to share with their wider department the new, useful learning and ideas arising from attending the Work Group
  • The department will also support the participating teacher(s) to summarise the impact of their Work Group participation as part of the professional development and Work Group evaluation.


The Work Group is offered free to all state-funded secondary schools in England in return for their engagement.  Failure to attend the face to face days or complete the project will result in a £150 cancellation fee.

how to apply

  • To request a place on this Work Group, please complete this booking form.
  • Download an information sheet here