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Mathematical lesson design training programme Y1-7

admin   January 17, 2018   Comments Off

NW Maths Hub 3 will be offering the following training programme: Mathematics lesson design and structure. Further details here: Maths lesson design spring 2018

Aims of the session:

  • Supporting teachers with long term planning and short term panning ensuring depth coverage and progression.
  • Ensure staff are teaching the 3 aims of the National Curriculum, using the CPA approach to develop a deeper understanding.
  • During the session staff will have the opportunity to create a sequence of learning from the model to build a golden thread of thinking including tackling differentiation in a mastery context.
  • Staff will also receive 1 complete unit of work that can be taught in the spring term from ‘The mathematical toolkit’.

Year group training will take place: Year 1-7; starting on 25th January 2018- Year 6.

To reserve a place on any of the training please contact: Sarah Makin or Paula Foster


Maths Hub NW3 China/England Exchange Teaching for Mastery Showcase Event

admin   January 16, 2018   Comments Off

Maths Hub NW3

China/England Exchange

Teaching for Mastery Showcase Event

 As part of the National Maths Hubs programme, funded by DfE and coordinated by NCETM , you are invited to take part in an exciting opportunity to observe Teaching for Mastery in action.

There will be 2 showcase events where you will be able to discuss and observe a mathematics lesson, delivered by a visiting teacher from Shanghai, based on the 5 big ideas behind Teaching for Mastery.


Thursday 25th January 2018 Key Stage 1: 9.15am (for 9.30am start) – 11am

Thursday 25th January 2018  Key Stage 2: 1.30pm (for 1.45pm start) – 3pm

Venue:  Huyton with Roby CE Primary School

Rupert Street, Huyton, Knowsley, Liverpool, L36 9TF

Please note that parking will be on nearby car parks as the school car park will be full to capacity – details will be provided with your confirmation email

Places are free of charge and are limited to 1 KS1 place and 1 KS2 place per school

Please contact Sarah Makin to secure your place.

Teaching for Mastery Launch

admin   December 20, 2017   Comments Off

NW Maths Hub 3 would like to invite all Secondary Colleagues to the following Teaching for Mastery Launch

Would you like to develop mastery teaching within your school?

Find out more at our launch event on: Tuesday 16th January 4pm-5pm at Rainford High School

Our Secondary Maths Mastery Leads will also be available afterwards to answer any questions you may have.

Please feel free to circulate to all your Secondary Maths Networks.

Key Dates for working groups: Tuesday 27th February-4pm-6pm, Thursday 19th April-4pm-6pm and Tuesday 26th June-4pm-6pm.

To reserve a place at the event please contact: Alex Cooper (Secondary TFM WG lead)

New to GCSE Network Meetings

admin   October 19, 2017   Comments Off

As a result of discussions with schools and colleges about the support they would like for the delivery GCSE Maths Resit we have decided to put on termly meetings for teachers that are new to teaching GCSE Maths. This may be that a teacher has previously taught Functional skills or their subject specialism is not maths. We will cover in detail what the student must know, common errors, lesson ideas and how to make lessons ‘different’ for those that are resitting. We will cover some of the topics that are new to foundation and look at new ideas for delivering Resit Programmes.

The first of these meetings will be held at the University of Liverpool, on 29th November 2017, 4pm-6pm, with light refreshments available from 3.30pm.

Please see attached flyer for further details.

To book places at one or more of these meeting, please complete the online booking form below (that is also linked to in the attached flyer):
Dear colleagues,

After the success of the meetings over the last couple of years we will be continuing to offer our Higher-Tier GCSE Network meetings in this area. These are a series of meetings to facilitate a discussion and exchange of ideas and strategies in support of the teaching of GCSE mathematics. They will cover some of the new topics and look at new ideas for other areas.

The first of these meetings will be held at the University of Liverpool, on 29th November 2017, 4pm-6pm, with light refreshments available from 3.30pm.

Subsequent meetings will be held at the same time on 28th February 2018 and 27th June 2018.

If you cannot make the full meeting but would like to attend part of it, this will be fine – please let the presenter Sue Harkness know:<>

Each meeting will cover specific topics, listed below, in two groups running concurrently. One teacher cannot cover both groups so we encourage schools to send at least two teachers to each meeting.

To book places at one or more of these meeting, please complete the online booking form below (that is also linked to in the  attached flyer ):

Best wishes,

Catherine van Saarloos
Post 16 Lead
Maths Hub NW3

NW Maths Hub 3 NQT/RQT Maths Programme 2017/18

admin   October 1, 2017   Comments Off

NW Maths Hub 3- led by The St Helens TSA would like to offer all Secondary Newly and Recently Qualified Maths Teachers the chance to attend the highly successful NQT/RQT Maths Programme.

The programme covers generic planning, organising and engagement tips as well as subject specific pedagogy around number and algebra. It is aimed at NQTs in their 1st year of teaching and in previous years has also proved useful for teachers that are recently qualified, up to 4 years’ experience.

Autumn Term 1: This session will focus on preparing NQT’s for a very busy year with lots of practical tips for planning, organising and managing a smoothly run maths classroom.

Wednesday 3rd October, 2pm – 5:00pm at Byrchall CPD Centre.

Autumn Term 2:  Teaching and Learning session looking at progression, mastery and quality resources for teaching fractions.

Wednesday 15th November, 2pm – 5:00pm at  Rainford High School.

Spring Term 1:  This session will focus on behaviour management in the maths classroom.  Keeping students engaged and motivated with effective use of brain gym and re-focussing activities.

Tuesday 16th January, 2pm – 5:00pm at Byrchall CPD Centre.

Spring Term 2:  Teaching and Learning session looking at progression, mastery and quality resources for teaching algebra.

Wednesday 7th March, 2pm – 5:00pm at Rainford High School.

Summer Term 1: Teaching and Learning session looking at embedding problem solving and ways to develop reasoning skills into every lesson.

Tuesday 8th May, 2pm – 5:00pm at Byrchall CPD Centre.

Summer Term 2: This session will focus on reflecting on the year and top tips for a high impact fresh start for September.

Wednesday 27th June,  2pm – 5:00pm at Rainford High School.

The programme will be delivered by Lindsay Porter. Lindsay is a former Head of Maths, current teacher and GCSE examiner. She now works as the secondary lead for NW3 Maths Hub as well as being a regional maths advocate for AQA facilitating collaboration between maths teachers and subject leaders across the North West. She believes in a practical approach and is passionate about teaching and learning.

Secondary Schools that have signed the alliance partnership agreement with the St Helens TSA will receive 1 free place.

The full programme would usually cost £360.00 (£60 per session) if booked as a programme/block then you will receive it for £260.00

Cost per individual session = £60.00

All sessions can be booked via email directly to: Sarah Makin (TSA Admin) – or alternatively contact: 0744646250

Please see flyer attached for further information.

For any further queries about any of the training sessions or if you are interested in becoming an alliance member and qualifying for any future discounts please don’t hesitate in contacting myself.

Kind Regards

Lisa Bradshaw
Director of the St Helens Teaching School Alliance and NW Maths Hub 3
Director of School Improvement- Three Saints Academy Trust

HMI Maths briefing by Jane Jones, HMI Maths lead

admin   September 18, 2017   Comments Off

NW Maths Hub 3 would like to invite all Primary school leaders- Head teachers, senior leaders and maths leads to attend a HMI Maths briefing delivered by Jane Jones HMI Maths lead.

The session will take place on: Tuesday 7th November- 9-12 noon at The World of Glass, Chalon Way E, Saint Helens WA10 1BX.

Focus of the session: The teaching for mastery approach, expectations, how HMI/OFSTED are using this knowledge/approach to inform inspections. Progress and lessons learnt from previous inspections. What is working well in schools based on recent visits?

There will be a non-profit charge of £10 made by St Helens TSA to cover the cost of the venue and refreshments. Places will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

Ofsted give further reassurance to schools using mastery approach to mathematics teaching

Schools adopting mastery approaches to the teaching of maths have received a further reassurance from Ofsted that such an approach is wholly consistent with the new curriculum.

Speaking at a Maths Hubs programme event on mastery teaching in primary schools, Jane Jones HMI, Ofsted’s National Lead for Mathematics, also gave some advice to schools on how to explain their approach to Ofsted inspectors.

The speech came at the end of a day in which schools that have recently hosted teachers from Shanghai outlined how their approaches to teaching maths are already changing to reflect a number of the mastery approaches. For example, the practice of putting children on different tables, with different work, according to perceived ability had been abandoned in favour of keeping the whole class together on the same content for the entirety of the lesson. Depth of understanding is being prioritised, alongside high expectations of every child.

Jane Jones explained that both the new curriculum and the Ofsted handbook stressed that an objective of teaching was to create deeper understanding rather than to accelerate pupils into new content.

In the past, she said, differentiation was often achieved by a teacher preparing different activities or worksheets for different groups of pupils. Now there are other ways, consistent with the new curriculum and a mastery approach, of catering for different attainment levels within a classroom.

These could include giving pupils differing amounts of time using concrete resources to help them grasp concepts, and giving what she called the ‘rapid-graspers’ more challenging questions and problems to work on, and reason about.

She acknowledged that the whole class teaching model—a key feature of teaching for mastery—can sometimes look slower than usual. But she assured her audience that inspectors will not judge teaching and progress based on the speed of getting through content. They will focus on the depth of pupils’ learning – the impact of the teaching.

She ended her address with an impassioned plea for teachers attracted by the mastery approach to ‘go for it’ in the best interests of their pupils.

This will be a popular event so please book early to avoid disappointment. To reserve a place email-

Pen Portrait-

Jane Jones has been an HMI since 2002. She inspects primary and secondary schools/academies, including those causing concern, and initial teacher education. As National Adviser for mathematics, she leads Ofsted’s work in mathematics, which includes an annual programme of survey visits, dissemination of findings, and provision of advice to the Chief Inspector, Ministers, the Department for Education and other stakeholders. Jane holds a Master’s degree in mathematics and qualified teacher status. She led and taught mathematics in four varied 11-18 secondary schools. She has experience of higher, primary and pre-school education and was a principal examiner for GCSE mathematics and a Qualifications and Curriculum Authority consultant/scrutineer.