SKTM - Primary Teaching Assistants

Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics Primary Teaching Assistants Programme

Type: Work Group   For: Teaching Assistants
Time: 6 half days Cost: free of charge

This work group aims to support primary teaching assistants in developing specialist knowledge for teaching mathematics, thus enabling them to understand, teach and support pupils in maths in the classroom.

Work Group Focus 

The specialist knowledge for teaching mathematics will follow an action research cycle based upon:

  • Introduction to current maths teaching landscape

  • Number sense 

  • Additive reasoning 

  • Multiplicative reasoning 

  • Fractions

Work Group Expectations

Participating schools should show a strong commitment to developing:

  • the specialist knowledge of teaching assistants; and

  • a mastery approach to teaching mathematics. 

Schools may consider this work group being particularly relevant for new TAs or TAs that have not received maths-specific training. 

Participating teaching assistants are expected to:

  • Attend a work group session each half term, to work collaboratively with other teaching assistants and receive specialist input from an NCETM PD Lead accredited Work Group Lead.
  • Carry out in-school work by participating in and completing all gap task activities

Work Groups Outcomes

Professional Learning

TAs will enhance their maths subject knowledge with an emphasis on the key structures in each mathematical area covered, understanding the key elements including precise language, structures and representations

Practice Development

TAs will review their practice as a result of the sessions and make specific adaptations to impact on pupil outcomes.

Pupil Outcomes

  • Pupils have greater exposure to mathematical representations and structures and will start to be seen to use these independently in their own work.

  • Pupils are able to explain their maths and mathematical thinking using appropriate language.

  • Pupils demonstrate a positive attitude towards maths, being willing to have a go, persevere, and share their mathematical ideas.

If you would like to participate on this programme, please complete our Expression of Interest form.             

Please contact if you have any further questions.