There is more to subject knowledge than being able to do the maths yourself. The Teaching Assistant SKE project is designed to develop teaching assistants’ subject knowledge in maths so they can support children’s learning in the classroom and in small intervention groups.
Work Groups will explore maths in depth, making connections between topics and concepts. Participants will also work collaboratively, led by a local leader of maths education (LLME) to develop deep and secure subject knowledge and appropriate pedagogy so they are well-equipped to support pupils.
The programme, which is free to attend, runs from 12:30 to 15:30 on the 23rd January 2019, 5th March 2019, 2nd May 2019 and 24th June 2019. To book click here
All dates take place at The Village Hotel, Newcastle, NE27 0BY
Who is this for?
Secondary school TAs, this could include a TA or HLTA who is currently working specifically with the Maths department in their school or who is new to this role. It could also include general TAs who support Maths lessons or interventions on a smaller scale and would benefit from a deeper understanding of maths subject knowledge and pedagogy.
Work Group activity
4 half days of workshops with other practitioners on the programme
Independent study and setting-based work including gap tasks and evaluation
Online discussion as part of a professional community
Support and mentoring from Work Group Lead
As a result of this project, participants’ skills and confidence in the maths classroom will be increased. TAs will develop knowledge of the pedagogy of maths teaching and how to support pupils effectively by use of questioning and better understanding of common misconceptions. The topics in focus will be on Place Value, Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication & Division and Fractions.
Those involved will get better at working within classes and with small groups of pupils; they will gain knowledge of practical ways to apply the skills and understanding developed during the programme, in order to provide consistent maths support to pupils.
Expectations of participants and their schools
Participants are expected to be working in a classroom environment and/or involved with individual or small group support and intervention. All participants are expected to attend all the sessions and complete gap tasks in their schools between the sessions. They will also be asked to keep a learning log for their own use and contribute to the national evaluation process, probably through a short online survey after the Work Group has finished.