Secondary Mathematics Teacher Subject Specialism Training (TSST)

We are delighted to have secured NCTL funding to deliver Teacher Subject Specialism Training (TSST) in Secondary Mathematics in 2017/18.

The focus of the year long programme is to increase subject knowledge and subject specific pedagogy across all topic areas and key stages to enable non-specialist teachers to teach mathematics. Participants can access a funded year-long programme – the only cost to your school is any cover costs incurred when attending sessions.  This is a great CPD option for non-specialists currently teaching, or transitioning to teaching mathematics.

We appreciate that the programme is a big commitment, and therefore so that you can be fully informed before signing up, we are hosting a Information Evening on 9th October, at the Langdale Centre, Wallsend.  This will provide you with the chance to meet the programme tutors, hear about the content of the programme, and have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.  Refreshments and Registration will be from 3.45pm, with the event starting at 4pm. Register to attend the information evening by visiting

The programme consists of an initial full day training, followed by 10 twilight sessions across the year, and enrolment on an online SKE course led by Plymouth University.    School mentors will facilitate the teaching of mathematics lessons back at the participant’s school (participants who do not have the opportunity at their own school, may be allocated a school to work with). There will be a further full day session to focus on pedagogy, opportunities to observe, and reflection on mathematics teaching at Churchill.  All sessions are delivered by NCETM Accredited Professional Development Leads.

Participants who complete TSST will be awarded a certificate of completion from the Great North Maths Hub.  Further reflective writing can lead into 30 credit Master’s Degree modules though CIMT, Plymouth University; Please contact us for further information on this.

Programme Dates

Session Date Duration Venue
Induction for Participants 1st November 2017 9am – 3.30pm The Langdale Centre
Twilight Session 1 15th November 2017 3.45pm – 6pm The Langdale Centre
Twilight Session 2 29th November 2017 3.45pm – 6pm The Langdale Centre
Twilight Session 3 13th December 2017 3.45pm – 6pm The Langdale Centre
Twilight Session 4 17th January 2018 3.45pm – 6pm The Langdale Centre
Twilight Session 5 31st January 2018 3.45pm – 6pm The Langdale Centre
Twilight Session 6 21st February 2018 3.45pm – 6pm The Langdale Centre
Twilight Session 7 7th March 2018 3.45pm – 6pm The Langdale Centre
Observation and Reflection* 21st March 2018 9.15 am – 3.30pm Churchill Community College
Twilight Session 8 28th March 2018 3.45pm – 6pm The Langdale Centre
Twilight Session 9 18th April 2018 3.45pm – 6pm The Langdale Centre
Twilight Session 10 2nd May 2018 3.45pm – 6pm The Langdale Centre

The Langdale Centre, Wallsend, NE28 0HG. Churchill Community College, Wallsend, NE28 7TN.

Induction session for mentors will be held on 18th October, 8.30am – 12.30pm at The Langdale Centre

To register your interest for the programme please complete this expression of interest form     * Any issues with this link, please copy and paste into your web browser

Minimum Attendance – In order to successfully complete the programme, participants must complete the online SKE course, attend both full delivery day’s attend a minimum of 8 of the twilight sessions, and complete a reflective journal.


You do not have to currently be teaching Maths to be eligible, although all participants must either have QTS, be employed as an unqualified teacher or have QTLS.  Candidates should meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Secondary non-specialist teachers who could potentially teach mathematics in addition to, or as their main subject.
  • Secondary non-specialist teachers who are currently teaching mathematics (either full-time or in addition to the specialist subject).
  • Secondary teachers who are looking to return to the profession.
  • Secondary teachers, who are members of and have been awarded Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status (QTLS) by the Society for Education, who have firm plans to teach a TSST subject.
  • Supply teachers, who do not have a contract with a school and are committed to returning to a permanent post.
  • Teachers without QTS working in academies.

Please get in touch with any queries, and feel free to cascade amongst your contacts.

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