Monthly Archive: January 2017

What is PLYT and how can it be used?

NW Maths Hub 3 would like to invite all Primary Maths Subject leaders to a PLYT session– what is PLYT and how can it be used?

PLYT is about being your best not the best at maths, so it gives lower attaining mathematicians confidence and helps create a “can do” attitude.  It’s perfect for use across the entire school Yr1-6, for mixed ability classes and also for families to improve parental engagement.

A few PLYT highlights below:

  • PLYT improved the maths of a Yr5 class in Warrington by an average 19%, playing just 1 hour per week (on a Friday afternoon!) for 5 weeks.  Importantly 100% of the children said that they felt more confident with numbers from playing PLYT.
  • PLYT has been proven to improve maths in a family environment: independent researchers – Askyourstaff – proved that playing at least once a week for just 6 weeks improved the maths of 7-13 year olds by 30% and adults by 22%.  Read more here
  • PLYT has been endorsed by National Numeracy (and is recommended as one of the best games on their family maths toolkit) and also by leading maths consultants
  • PLYT is easy to play and yet is incredibly flexible  – it can cover much of the KS1/2 curriculum and increases confidence with numbers
  • PLYT is already used in many schools and they’ve had great feedback from teachers
  • Most importantly children love playing PLYT and don’t realise they are doing maths – it’s maths by stealth!

The session will take place on: Monday 20th February 2017, 1.30-3.30pm at St Mary and St Thomas’ CE Primary School, Barton Close, St Helens, WA10 2HS- TSA POD, situated at the rear of the school.

Focus: to ensure that all teachers know how to use the game for their individual class and get the most from the resource.

Target audience: Maths SLs and Teachers.

Cost of the session: Free of charge, there are 20 places available, these will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

To reserve a place please contact:

There is more information for schools on their website here but the Chief Plyter is Lisa McCartney and she’d be happy to help with any questions you may have about the game.  Please don’t hesitate to contact her via email   or on 07956 352926 for more information.

NW Maths Hubs Annual Conference- BOOKING NOW OPEN!

We are absolutely delighted to share with you details about our second NW Maths Hubs Conference 2017– Maths Hubs working together to share their learning!

The event will take place on: Tuesday 11th July 2017, 9-3.30pm  at Whites Hotel, Macron Stadium, Bolton, BL6 6SF.

Key Notes Speakers include:  Ems Lord, Director of NRICH  and Andrew Jeffrey, The Mathemagician.

A range of workshops and market stalls will be available on the day- for further details and to book a place please follow the link

Target audience: Teachers (FS to KS5), Maths SLs, Heads of department and  people passionate about maths!

Cost of the conference is £60.00 pp this includes resources, free gifts, and light refreshments.

For further information please see this flyer. Please feel free to circulate amongst your networks.

We look forward to seeing you all at the conference.

Maths Mastery briefing- previously Ark Programme

Maths Mastery briefing- previously Ark Programme

Primary Information Session –23 January 2017

Thinking of applying to join our partnership? Come along and find out how we can help transform mathematics education in your school

This informal session is a useful first step before applying to join the Mathematics Mastery partnership.

Attendees will receive an overview of:

  • The mastery approach: our key principles
  • The Mathematics Mastery partnership: a national network of over 365 schools
  • What the programme includes
  • How the programme is brought to life in the classroom
  • Impact: how we make a difference to your staff and pupils
  • The application process

Target Audience: Head Teachers/SLT and Maths Leads.

There will also be time for Q&As.

To book a place at the event please follow the link below:

Primary Maths CPD opportunities in spring/summer 2017

NW Maths Hub 3 is offering the following Primary Maths CPD opportunities in spring/summer 2017: 




NEW for Spring 2017

From ‘Modelling to Mastery’- Year group based sessions- starting January 2017 

Teachers will explore how to start from a model moving to depth of learning to achieve Mastery. They will extend the mathematics tool kit as well as looking at how we can teach the skills of reasoning and solving problems to ensure teachers are meeting the 3 aims of the National Curriculum.

Success@Arithmetic- 3 sessions

Success@Arithmetic is an innovative, highly effective intervention for pupils in Key Stages 2 and 3 who need support to become fluent at arithmetic.

Expert training enables a teacher to plan a programme and a teaching assistant to deliver it to a small group of pupils. The training also strengthens their teaching and support of mathematics across the school- Starting January 2017

PVI/Nursery Practitioners (including schools with Nursery settings)

Maths Everywhere! Practitioners will explore ways of ensuring Maths is everywhere, including ideas for enhanced and continuous provision, adult and child led activities focusing on number, counting and place value- starting March 2017

Mathematics Subject Leaders Day 2- Friday 10th March 2017 Focus on the Assessment of Mastery; moderation and standardisation. There will also be an opportunity for quality assurance of Maths practice via NW Maths Hub 3 as they share their experiences from current national practice and policy.

Mathematics Moderation and Standardisation sessions starting March 2017

These sessions will explore what a learner looks like in a year groups. Establish what the key areas of maths are and what this looks like with a depth of understanding. The session will provide an opportunity to build the mathematical toolkit further with new ideas! Teachers will have the opportunity to look at a range of children’s learning in the specific year groups. It will also support teachers to make a summative judgement and then help them plan and adjust teaching for the third term. Sessions are led by experienced moderators and quality assured by NW Maths Hub 3.

There will be a pre-course task and teachers are asked to bring a small selection of children’s books.

Places are limited and will be given on a first come, first serve basis.  Booking on all sessions is essential.


A full days course costs- £150, this includes: refreshments (including light lunch) and all course materials.

½ day training costs- £70, this includes: tea/coffee/biscuits and all course materials.

Alliance members receive 25% of all training opportunities.

Maths SL network meetings and Head Teacher briefings are Free of Charge to all alliance members.

All sessions are led by Tara Loughran, Tara has extensive experience in schools for leading improvement and change in mathematics. She has provided high quality training for the St Helens TSA since becoming at teaching school in 2013; she has inspired lots of teachers and support staff to take her ideas back to the classroom with significant impact. Tara represents NW Maths Hub 3 across the North West.

Intervention programmes are led by ECC (Every Child Counts) team at Edge Hill University.

To book a place please contact: Sarah Makin, Maths Hub Administrator-

Maths Everywhere! PVI/Nursery Practitioner Training

NW Maths Hub 3 would like to invite all PVI/Nursery Practitioners (including schools with Nursery settings) to the following Maths training:

Maths Everywhere!

Practitioners will explore ways of ensuring Maths is everywhere, including ideas for enhanced and continuous provision, adult and child led activities focusing on number, counting and place value.

We will explore:

  • What does intelligent practice look like and how can we ensure depth of learning is happening in a creative setting.

For practitioners: an opportunity to develop subject knowledge, an improved progressional understanding and to explore why language, a ‘can do’ attitude and raised expectations are essential.

Sessions will run on:

Session 1- Tuesday 7th March, 9-3pm at TBC

Session 2- Tuesday 9th May, 9-12 at TBC

A gap task will be provided in between sessions.


£150.00 per delegate for both sessions, full day sessions include: light lunch, refreshments, course delivery and all materials.

The sessions will be delivered by Tara Loughran, Maths Consultant on behalf of NW Maths Hub 3.

To book a place please contact Sarah Makin, Maths Hub Administrator –

For further information please contact: Lisa Bradshaw, DTS and NW Maths Hub 3 lead-

Secondary Mathematics Teaching for Mastery (2016/17)

Secondary Mathematics Teaching for Mastery (2016/17)

Work Groups led by Secondary Mastery Specialists in association with NW Maths Hub 3

REMINDER- CLOSING DATE: FRIDAY 6th January 2017, 4pm.  

What are the expectations of participating schools and teachers?

Schools that wish to participate in the Work Group must commit to the following:

  • The Work Group teachers will be released to attend four separate half-day meetings (one per half-term from January to July 2017).
  • The Work Group teachers will engage in certain tasks (as planned and negotiated with the specialist) to support their ongoing professional development between each of the meetings.
  • The head of department and senior leadership will fully support the Work Group teachers to undertake these development tasks.
  • The Work Group teachers will contribute to the final reporting and evaluation of the Work Group. (Note:  Feedback and comments, quoted from discussions and lesson observations, and data, qualitative or quantitative, will be anonymised before inclusion.)

What are the costs for participation?

There is no fee or charge to participating schools to participate in this Work Group. The Maths Hub meets the cost of running the Work Group.

Who can apply?

Any secondary school with an interest in developing mathematics teaching for mastery can apply. The school should ideally identify two teachers that will be best placed to innovate within their own classroom and to lead developmental work across the department.

How does the school apply to take part?

If your school wishes to participate in the Work Group, please complete and return the Expression of Interest form attached to NW Maths Hub 3, St Mary and St Thomas’ CE Primary School, Barton Close, St Helens, WA10 2HS or email:   by Friday 6th January 2017, 4pm.

For further information please read the information attached.

Secondary T&L CPD Session

A reminder about the upcoming Secondary T&L CPD Session from NW3 Maths Hub.

The next session is delivered by  Dr Dave Wholley this will take place on Wednesday 11th January 2017

This session will explore ways Bar Modelling at KS3 and beyond. This session will be practical session, providing a wealth of activities to take straight back to the classroom.

If you have already signed up to the sessions then I look forward to welcoming you on Wednesday 11th January, if not then it is not too late to sign up.  The cost is £250 for the year and your whole department (plus any TAs and trainees) can come to every session.  All sessions are at Rainford High Technology College.

Coming up…. Monday 23rd January 2017- Jo Morgan ( Please see flyer attached for full programme.