This work group will provide Year 4 teachers with an exciting opportunity to

  • explore mastery approaches to teaching multiplication, division and times tables
  • develop efficient strategies for teaching rapid recall of multiplication and division facts
  • learn how to run a cross-age peer mentoring intervention to support the teaching of times tables in Year 4 and Year 2.

Participants will explore a mastery approach to times tables using a range of innovative new resources. They will also gain an insight into the benefits of maths peer mentoring for both mentor and mentee and will learn how to train their Year 4 students to work effectively as mentors.

This Work Group is for Year 4 teachers but participants will be required to work closely with Year 2 colleagues in school to set up and deliver the whole class peer mentoring intervention. The mentoring will be of benefit to both year groups: the Year 4s will revisit and secure the underlying concepts behind multiplication and division and develop their fluency in times tables recall and the Year 2s will benefit from close supervision and instant feedback during the “concrete” phase of learning about multiplication and division, and will have 1:1 attention and encouragement as they develop fluency of recall of times table facts.

Please do not sign up to the Work Group without first ensuring that you and your Year 2 colleague can commit to running at least 10 mentoring sessions of 15 mins each between session 2 (early March) and session 3 (mid-June).

How will it work?

The work group involves three workshops with Maggie Steel, who is experienced in running maths peer mentoring projects and has a particular interest in the teaching of multiplication, division and times tables. She is experienced at leading professional development, including Work Groups for other Maths Hubs.

Participants will be given free FunKey Maths times tables cards and associated teaching resources to use in school.


Who is it aimed at?

The course is aimed at Year 4 teachers who want to develop their mastery approach to the teaching of multiplication, division and times tables, and who have the interest and capacity to trial an innovative maths peer mentoring intervention.

What is the time commitment?

  • Three face to face workshops (9.30 – 14.30)
  • Time in school for liaison with Year 2 colleagues
  • Delivery of “generic” mentor training (approx. 3 hours outside maths curriculum time)
  • Delivery of “activity” training to mentors (within maths lessons)
  • Delivery of at least 10 x 15 min mentoring session (within maths lessons)

Schools will be expected to release participants for the days required and to support them in providing time for collaborative work and the delivery of project gap tasks in school.

Intended Outcomes

Teachers are expected to share their learning with others teaching maths in their school and help their schools review and develop their policy on the teaching of multiplication, division and times tables.


Day 1: Tuesday 28th January 2020 (9.30am – 14.30pm)

(Mastery approaches to x and ÷ and times tables; how to prepare Year 4s to be great mentors)

Gap Task: trialling new activities and training of Year 4 mentors

Day 2: Tuesday 3rd March 2020 (9.30 – 14.30pm)

(Mastery approaches to x and ÷ and times tables; the activity training for the mentors)

Gap Task: running at least 10 x 15 min peer mentoring sessions in Year 2

Day 3: Tuesday 16th June (9.30 – 14.30pm)

(Review of peer mentoring experiences; looking at other applications of peer mentoring across the school; review of whole school policy on times table teaching and learning)


Fox Primary School

Kensington Place , Kensington, London W8 7PP

Contact: michelle.foster@lcwmathshub.co.uk

In order to apply to be a part of this project, you will need to fill out an Expression of Interest Form.  The deadline to fill this out is Friday 17th January 2020. 

*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




Privacy Notice: Maths Hubs Programme

Who we are:

This work is being carried out by your Maths Hub Lead School, which holds a grant with the Department for Education (DfE) to deliver the Maths Hub programme.

For the purpose of data protection legislation, the DfE is the data controller, and the Maths Hub Lead School is the data processor for the personal data processed as part of the Maths Hubs programme.

How we will use your information:

The Maths Hub Lead School collects and processes your personal data on behalf of the DfE for the following purposes:

  • To enable the lead school to carry out specific functions for which they are responsible
  • To enable the Lead School to correspond with you about any Maths Hub project you have registered for
  • To enable the Lead School to send you information on Continued Professional Development (CPD) opportunities offered by Maths Hubs
  • To evaluate and assess performance of Maths Hub projects
  • To derive anonymised statistics which inform programme funding and strategic decisions about Maths Hubs and Teaching for Mastery within DfE, National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) and the Maths Hub Lead School.

More information about this work is available at www.gov.uk/guidance/get-support-from-your-local-maths-hub, www.mathshubs.org.uk/, and www.ncetm.org.uk/.

The nature of your personal data we will be using:

The categories of your personal data that the Maths Hub Lead School will collect, process, hold and share for this project may include:

  • Name (including previous names)
  • Date of Birth
  • Contact information such as email address and phone number
  • School name and unique reference number (URN)
  • Teacher Reference Number (TRN).

Why our use of your personal data is lawful:

In order for our use of your personal data to be lawful, we need to meet one (or more) conditions in the data protection legislation. For the purpose of the Maths Hubs and Teaching for Mastery programmes, processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest, as defined in Article 6 (1)(e) of the GDPR.

Who we will make your personal data available to:

We sometimes need to make personal data available to other organisations. These might include contracted partners (who we have employed to process your personal data on our behalf) and/or other organisations (with whom we need to share your personal data for specific purposes).

Where we need to share your personal data with others, we ensure that this data sharing complies with data protection legislation. For the purpose of the Maths Hubs programme:

  • NCETM (National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics), with whom the DfE holds a contract to coordinate and manage the Maths Hubs programme, is a data processor.
  • Maths Hubs, with whom the DfE holds individual grants with each Maths Hub Lead School to carry out activities aligned with the aims of the Maths Hubs programme, are data processors.

As such, personal data collected by Maths Hubs that is relevant to the successful coordination and delivery of the Maths Hubs programme will be shared with the DfE, the NCETM, and other Maths Hub Lead Schools. Such data may also be shared with an independent evaluator of the Maths Hubs programme and Teaching for Mastery programme.

The DfE reserves the right to share your personal data with new lead schools where additional Maths Hubs are appointed or where a lead school is de-designated and lead school status is transferred. The DfE also reserves the right to share your personal data with any organisation or consortium that holds a future contract with the DfE to coordinate and manage the Maths Hubs programme or with an independent body who will use the data to evaluate the work of the programme.

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Your personal data will not be transferred outside of United Kingdom or the European Union.

How long we will keep your personal data:

The Department will only keep your personal data for the lifetime of the Maths Hubs programme and, where relevant, Teaching for Mastery programme plus 6 months, after which point it will be securely destroyed. Please note that, under Data Protection legislation, and in compliance with the relevant data processing conditions, personal data can be kept for longer periods of time when processed purely for archiving purposes in the public interest, scientific or historical research, and statistical purposes.

Your data protection rights:

Under certain circumstances, you have the right:

  • to ask us for access to information about you that we hold
  • to have your personal data rectified, if it is inaccurate or incomplete
  • to request the deletion or removal of personal data where there is no compelling reason for its continued processing
  • to restrict our processing of your personal data (for example, permitting its storage but no further processing)
  • to object to direct marketing (including profiling) and processing for the purposes of scientific/historical research and statistics
  • not to be subject to decisions based purely on automated processing where it produces a legal or similarly significant effect on you

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Where we are processing your personal data with your consent, you have the right to withdraw that consent. If you change your mind, or you are unhappy with our use of your personal data, please let us know by contacting the Maths Hub Lead School and state the name of this project.

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Last updated:

We may need to update this privacy notice periodically, so we recommend that you revisit this information from time to time. This version was last updated: September 2023.

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