Subject Knowledge for Primary Teaching Assistants

Teaching assistants (TAs) are a vital resource and now make up nearly a quarter of the workforce in primary schools. However, many have received little or no subject specific or pedagogical training and often report feeling unprepared for their roles in class. TAs on this programme will return to their schools with greater confidence, improved knowledge of maths, and a pedagogical understanding that will enable them to be proactive in the classroom, ensuring that they are able to make a real impact on pupil progress.

Who can take part?

The programme is designed for TAs who are supporting maths, and who would like to develop their specialist knowledge for teaching maths. This may be particularly relevant for new TAs or TAs that have not received maths-specific training.

What is involved?

The programme is based on four core primary modules:

  • Number sense
  • Additive reasoning
  • Multiplicative reasoning
  • Fractions

What will you learn?

Participants and their schools will:

  • enhance their maths subject knowledge with an emphasis on the key structures in each mathematical area covered
  • understand the key elements that form number sense, forms of addition and subtraction, forms of multiplication and division, and forms of fractions, including precise language, structures and representations
  • review their practice as a result of the sessions and make specific adaptations to impact on pupil outcomes.

What is the cost?

The Subject Knowledge for Primary Teaching Assistants Programme is fully funded by the Maths Hubs Programme so is free to participating schools.

How can I get involved?

The Subject Knowledge for Teaching Assistants programme is now full for the 23/24 academic year. If you would like to express your interest for the 24/25 academic year, please click on the link below to complete a short form.

Expression of interest in Subject Knowledge for Primary Teaching Assistants 24/25