Learning From Singapore: The ‘Concrete – Pictorial – Abstract’ Approach


‘Excellent, confidence-building, professional delivery. This training really took the pressure of ‘box–ticking’ and helped me re-focus on a slower, deeper, more creative child-led style of learning. Lots of practical resources and ideas’.


Key Stage 2 Teacher,  Berkshire



This full day training will enable teachers to work with hands-on activities to develop the highly effective ‘Concrete- Pictorial – Abstract’ (CPA) approach from the EYFS to Year 6 and beyond.


Learn how to use CPA to:


  • Improve learning of place value, base 10 and the decimal system


  • Move children from ‘counting in 1’s’ to partitioning and using known facts significantly improve mental maths skills


  • Effectively teach relationships and greater depth of understanding in calculation (including times tables)


  • Embed early algebra from the EYFS to Year 6 and connect this to ‘bar modelling’

Further Details

Organisational Options:

This training is available to schools across the UK and internationally.

Costs start at £375 (+VAT) for a half day* for a whole school and £35 (+VAT) per delegate for clusters of schools working together

Whether you are a single school, MAT or cluster of local schools working together we can arrange a program of training that suits your requirements.

*Expenses included for individual cluster cost and additional for other training options


To find out more, or simply have an initial chat, contact Karen here

Who is suitable for?

Whole school staff: SLT, Teacher and support staff 



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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!