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Early career teachers – what you need to know

Are you a trainee, new to teaching maths, or working with trainees, NQTs and RQTs? Discover resources we have for you

Early career teachers – what you need to know
  • Published: 03/12/2020

Starting out in primary teaching or secondary maths teaching can be daunting. How do you ensure you have solid subject knowledge? Where do you begin to find high-quality resources? How can you find professional development that is right for you at your career stage? We try to answer these questions and share with you the materials that will help you develop knowledge, confidence and skill as you begin your career.

Primary ITE materials

This suite of six modules covers the Five Big Ideas of teaching for mastery, plus an introductory module. While the PowerPoint slides and handouts are aimed at ITE tutors to deliver to trainee teachers, you can also use if you are new to mastery. Each module takes around an hour to complete, and includes discussion points and explanations of concepts.

Secondary ITE materials

Like the primary ITE materials, these six modules introduce teaching for mastery to teachers who are new to it. Again they address the Five Big Ideas, exploring how they apply in the secondary context. For secondary teachers who have not experienced mastery during teacher training, these modules could provide great departmental CPD sessions.

Professional development materials

Our professional development materials cover KS1-3, and are designed for teachers to use collaboratively. The primary materials are divided into three spines (Number, Addition and Subtraction; Multiplication and Division; Fractions) and help you develop subject knowledge and classroom pedagogy. For secondary teachers, the materials explore six themes, and come with a range of supporting resources including videos and guidance documents.

Assessment materials

If you are looking to get started with assessing your pupils and have adopted a teaching for mastery approach in your classroom, try our primary assessment materials. They feature a set of questions, tasks and activities mapped against the National Curriculum for maths, and will help you assess the degree to which your pupils have mastered the curriculum. Our secondary assessment materials will do the same if you teach KS3.

Calculation and marking guidance

Our primary calculation guidance was created as a result of one of our earliest England-China exchanges. It provides a list of recommendations and effective practice teaching ideas that could sit alongside a school’s existing calculation policy, and inform and enhance teaching across all primary key stages. For support with marking at both primary and secondary, take a look at our marking guidance documents. They highlight the difference between verbal and written feedback, and distinguish between what you do to correct a simple slip in a pupil’s working, and what is done in response to something that reflects a lack of understanding.

In the classroom

There is plenty more available for you to explore in the In the classroom section of our website. You can filter resources by phase, Key Stage or year group, and by resource type. You can also use our popular Numberblocks materials and EY progression maps if you are an Early Years practitioner, and use our National Curriculum Resource Tool to discover resources, links and guidance for the KS1-3 National Curriculum.

Maths Hubs Projects

There are 40 Maths Hubs, which serve the whole of England. Every year, thousands of teachers get involved with collaborative CPD through their local Maths Hub, participating in a Work Group with colleagues from local schools. Work Groups cover all phases, and support teachers and TAs to develop subject knowledge and classroom pedagogy. Why not have a look at the projects available this year, and find your local hub to enquire about getting involved?

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