Teaching Assistant Subject Knowledge

Teaching Assistant Subject Knowledge

Teaching Assistant Subject Knowledge


This project is available for TAs at EY and primary – will develop their mathematical subject knowledge in conjunction with understanding the pedagogy that underpins the teaching of it. Understanding of mathematical structures will be explored so participants gain a detailed understanding of how children learn early mathematical concepts.

The programme is aimed at individuals or groups of individuals who would like to develop their specialist knowledge for teaching mathematics. This may be particularly relevant TAs new to teaching mathematics.

Classroom practice will develop through a series of gap tasks where participants try out activities to promote depth of understanding, reasoning and fluency; these might include pupil interviews, lesson study and work scrutiny. Research and evidence are used to inform their practice and participants are encouraged to share these more widely in schools to support discussion on current policies and approaches.

The programme will have the following elements:

  • Independent study and setting-based work including gap tasks and evaluation
  • Online discussion as part of a professional community.

Intended Outcomes:

As a result of this project, participants will not only be able to ‘do’ mathematics, but will also have the appropriate pedagogical knowledge to teach and support their pupils well. Participants will develop both their knowledge about maths and knowledge about the teaching of maths, developing better pedagogy and being aware of how pupils learn, and how to teach the content most effectively. Classroom practice will develop through participants’ engagement with gap tasks between meetings, trying out activities with pupils to promote understanding, reasoning and fluency.

TAs will develop knowledge of the pedagogy of maths teaching and understand how children think and where their misconceptions stem from. Participants will understand the role that certain representations, models and manipulatives can play in the development of pupils’ understanding of number and calculation, particularly place value and proficiency. 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.


Dates – TBC

Venue – Byron Court Primary

No lunch provided

If you are interested, you will need to fill out an expression of interest form – please contact michelle.foster@lcwmathshub.co.uk

*The London Central and West Maths Hub reserves the right to charge a £75 fee for non-attendance to the sessions or for cancellations to any of the sessions with less than 14 days’ notice.