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Promoting Mathematical Learning for TAs




Thursday 27th February 2020  9.15am  - 12.30pm

Thursday 19th March 2020 9.15am - 12.30pm

Thursday 26th March 2020  9.15am - 12.30pm


This is a nine hour course run across three mornings. 


Didcot Civic Hall, Britwell Road, Didcot OX11 7JN



This updated and very comprehensive course consists of approximately 9 hours of high-quality professional development training for TAs who support mathematics in the classroom. The course is split over three half-day workshops. It has been developed to empower teaching assistants to feel confident in supporting pupils, across the primary age-range, in ways that will build secure conceptual understanding in line with your calculation policy and the mathematics National Curriculum (2014).

The overall aims of the course are to support teaching assistants:

  • To secure important aspects of children’s subject knowledge in mathematics.
  • To gain insight into how to support children in understanding core aspects of mathematics: number, place value and calculation.
  • To understand how to use a range of key models and manipulatives (resources) to promote mathematical understanding.
  • To understand progression in calculation skills including choosing mental methods, and conceptual understanding of written methods, both expanded and compact.
  • To extend use of language and questioning skills to encourage purposeful mathematical dialogue and to support assessment.
  • To develop effective ways of working with children to promote mathematical learning.

The course is organised into the following 3 half-days:

Session 1

The role of the teaching assistant - considering key features of effective support in mathematics to help pupils develop deep conceptual understanding and fluency with numbers and calculation. 

Promoting understanding of the number system and place value – using practical activities and key manipulatives to promote sound understanding of core number concepts. Focus on this important mathematical topic is included in this first day as it underpins success in calculation.

Session 2

Promoting understanding of addition/subtraction – developing understanding and confidence in mental calculation strategies, understanding progression in addition and subtraction, and using manipulatives and jottings to support mathematical thinking before moving into formal written calculation methods.

Session 3

Promoting understanding of multiplication/division – developing understanding and confidence in mental strategies, understanding progression, and using manipulatives and jottings to support thinking, including arrays and patterns. Then moving into formal written calculation, both expanded and compact.


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Feedback from 2017 course

100% delegates found the course Very Useful or Useful. 

100% delegates agreed that the course had helped them develop a wider range of strategies and ideas.

88% delegates agreed that the course had helped them to feel more confident. 

Other comments included: 

"Excellent course - very useful - Jane communicated and explained excellently."

"I will now be more confident in the way I deliver maths to different abilities." 

  • Trainer

    Before becoming a primary maths consultant for Oxfordshire LA, (and now as an independent consultant), Jane Liddle taught from Foundation to year 6 across three counties. She feels privileged to have worked in partnership with Northampton and Reading Universities to support teachers to become ‘champions ‘of maths through the Maths Specialist Teacher Programme.

    Jane has worked extensively with subject leaders, teachers and TAs ‘at the chalk face’ to develop effective strategies for teaching and learning, and through delivering training matched to schools’ priorities. She currently serves on the executive of the National Association of Mathematics Advisors (NAMA). She is passionate about helping children to develop a life-long love of mathematics, and a sense that all can achieve, with persistence!