Who’s Planning? The Teacher or the Textbook?


In order to support and improve teaching in maths, many schools are now investing to published schemes.


If this is your school, are your staff using these schemes to support their planning or as a substitute for their planning? There’s a HUGE difference and this difference will have a major impact upon pupils’ progress in maths.


Teacher Subject Knowledge Matters Most:


Using a scheme without first improving teachers’ own subject just doesn’t make sense. And by far, our biggest enemy is ‘You don’t know what you don’t know‘!   I regularly encounter high levels of self-confidence regarding teachers’ and teaching assistants’ use of incorrect subject knowledge; stemming from the fact that most of us are teaching from what we were taught and not checking our facts first.


Imagine the consequences of this in a medical scenario?


Having the knowledge is only the start.


Constructing effective learning journeys and adapting to the daily changing needs of a group of children, assessing progress and balancing conceptual and procedural learning must be at the core of all effective learning and be consistent across the whole school.



Getting the Balance Right


This training aims to actively support schools in maintaining their professional ownership over their planning, whilst using published schemes and online resources to support, rather than dictate, high- quality teaching approaches.


  • Review and deepen teacher subject knowledge around the decimal number system, essential calculation relationships using algebraic structures and teaching fractions, decimals, percentages and ratio with meaning.


  • Ensure all staff gain a deep understanding regarding how to use the ‘Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract’ approach to teaching number, fractions and calculation and    offer this approach to ALL pupils in every key stage across the school.


  • Develop the role of medium term planning (using Karen’s ‘Maths Mission’ template) to allow more responsive short term planning.  Connect subject knowledge and your published scheme creating a resource that can be returned to year- on- year improving whole-school consistency and supporting new members of staff.

Further Details

Costs start at £375 (+VAT)* for a half day

Cluster costs start at £35 (+VAT) per delegate per half day


Training also available internationally. Contact Karen for more details


*No additional expenses for cluster training. Basic expenses additional for other training types.


Who is suitable for?

Whole school staff: SLT, teachers and teaching assistants

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    Thank you so much Karen. I enjoyed the training this morning tremendously and tried out the ideas straight after lunch with my class leading to 20 mins of enthusiastic discussion! Brilliant!

    The children said they really enjoyed it and wanted to do more so I am definitely going to be changing my teaching!’

  • Thank you for showing us HOW to change. So many courses just tell us what isn't working but not how to go about addressing this. Your approaches make so much sense! Thank you.

  • Just to say thank you again for 3 really brilliant talks at SGIS. We're a small school near Basel and we’d be interested in anything you’re doing nearby (Zurich way) so please let us know!