CPD for maths teachers and trainers

A suite of courses and resources designed to meet the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) needs of all maths practitioners in the Further Education and Training sector.

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This suite of courses is designed to meet the CPD needs of all maths teachers and trainers in the Further Education and Training sector. To support busy practitioners, courses are primarily made up of short and focused, one-hour webinars and two-hour interactive courses. This is to enable practitioners to build up specific subject and pedagogical knowledge and skills through a regular and ongoing rhythm of CPD.

Most courses can be done on their own and in any order, but are designed to be undertaken as a package, according to individual needs, skills and knowledge.

We also offer longer GSCE and Functional skills courses that take place over 10 sessions. Most of our offer is currently live online, with one eight-week asynchronous course (Teaching Functional Skills Maths).

Courses are delivered by our expert delivery partners. Note that not all courses may have session that you can currently book, but please register your interest as there may be new sessions arranged, partly driven by demand.

For more information, on any of the courses please discuss with your Regional Specialist Lead.

Teaching and learning

These courses do consider aspects of English as a subject, but the emphasis is more on pedagogical aspects of teaching and learning:

Introductory courses

  • Integrating maths into vocational courses
    This interactive course will support technical and vocational tutors, trainers, and assessors to identify naturally occurring opportunities to develop learners’ maths skills needed to successfully complete their study programme, apprenticeship, or vocational or technical course.
  • Key factors in maths lesson planning
    This interactive course will support all practitioners delivering substantial maths content in how approaches to planning can support deeper learning and develop learner engagement. It will include how the use of resources can be maximised
  • Maths problem solving
    This is an interactive course that will support all practitioners in developing learners reasoning and problem-solving skills. Whilst also examining a range of activities that can be used with learners for supporting them in improving confidence in tackling more complex multistep problems.
  • Modelling and abstraction
    This course explores Concrete, Abstract and Pictorial (CAP) representations that support deep learning and a better understanding of algebraic skills, geometric connections and number work, including conversions.
  • Number at the core of maths
    This course explores a range of methods and approaches that support number skills development and deep learning including place value, BIDMAS and estimation approaches suitable for both GCSE and Functional Skills maths.
  • The role of assessment in maths
    This interactive course will present examples of different types of assessment to develop an understanding of their role in supporting learning. You will consider the importance of learners’ maths experiences and how these might impact their learning.

For a full course description please follow the course link to the ETF booking website.

All levels

  • Maths puzzles
    This course will introduce a range of geometry and algebra games and puzzles to engage maths learners to help develop mathematical fluency, encourage deep thinking and support problem solving development.
  • Maths in a triangle
    This interactive course is designed to enable participants to better support their learners in understanding triangle properties, Pythagoras, basic trigonometry and their practical applications providing a solid foundation for GCSE and vocational learners.
  • Maths in more than one dimension
    This course explores a range of approaches and imagery that support skills development and deep learning of 2D and 3D shape and relationships between angles, from first principles. It introduces a range of rich collaborative tasks, tackles misconceptions and uses innovative technology.
  • Maths is beautiful
    This course will counter the ideas that maths is not relevant or is not connected to art, music, patterns or creativity. It will provide practical ideas and resources for energising maths learning.
  • Sharing maths CPD
    These interactive sessions will provide a chance for participants to share ideas of effective practice around a maths topic. You are expected to be involved with teaching maths and be willing to share ideas with other participants.
  • Impact of language in maths
    This interactive course will provide a deeper look into how we approach questioning learners and how to develop learners’ ability to transfer knowledge across contexts. It will also consider what makes for effective discussion and ways to address maths specific vocabulary.

For a full course description please follow the course link to the ETF booking website.

Assessment

The following courses have a focus on assessment of aspects of English:

Introductory courses

  • The role of assessment in teaching maths
    This interactive course will present examples of different types of assessment to develop an understanding of their role in supporting learning. You will consider the importance of learners’ maths experiences and how these might impact their learning.

For a full course description please follow the course link to the ETF booking website.

All levels

  • Maths questions, assessment and examinations (coming in November)
  • Revise again maths (coming in November)

For a full course description please follow the course link to the ETF booking website.

GCSE

These courses have a GCSE teaching focus:

Introductory courses

  • Modelling and abstraction
    This course explores Concrete, Abstract and Pictorial (CAP) representations that support deep learning and a better understanding of algebraic skills, geometric connections and number work, including conversions. It is helpful for maths study and for everyday life and work.

For a full course description please follow the course link to the ETF booking website.

Extended courses

  • Algebra in maths
    This interactive course will provide examples of activities that can be used with learners to develop their understanding of algebra, an area which is challenging to many. It will focus on algebraic expressions and linear equations and will look at how to encourage learners to rethink problems and secure their learning through tackling problems.
  • Get things in proportion
    This interactive course will explore different approaches to teaching mathematical techniques based on proportional reasoning and will support problem-solving development and reasoning skills.
  • Graphs in maths
    This interactive course will explore activities that you can use with learners to develop their understanding and solve linear graphs, recognise and interpret graphical quadratic equations and solve everyday contexts represented by graphs.
  • Manipulating and using numbers
    This course explores a range of methods and modelling that support skills development and deep learning of fractions, decimals, percentages, negative numbers, indices, and standard form. It introduces a range of rich collaborative tasks, tackles misconceptions and uses technology effectively.
  • Maths GCSE teaching: develop your practice (Level 5 module)
    This course supports practitioners working with GCSE maths learners, especially those who have achieved lower than a grade 5 at school. You will explore and experience how to engage and motivate learners and undertake assessment throughout the learner journey to build on prior learning.
  • Presenting statistical data using graphs and charts
    This interactive course will present different ways to represent data and how interpreting graphs has an important role to play. All the graphical displays in the GCSE specification will be covered, and participants will have a chance to discuss the merits of alternative representations in a variety of contexts.
  • Visualising maths
    This interactive course will explore different ways visualisation-focused activities can support learners understanding and encourage deeper thinking in maths, including algebraic expressions, circle geometry, areas, and problem-solving.

For a full course description please follow the course link to the ETF booking website.

Functional skills

These courses have a Functional Skills teaching focus:

All levels

  • Functional number
    This interactive course explores a range of methods and approaches that support skills development and deep learning of the four main operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. It introduces a range of alternative mathematical methods, tackles misconceptions and uses technology effectively.
  • Money maths
    This course introduces contextual materials and activities to develop learners’ money maths abilities. It will support you to plan differentiated, inclusive money maths sessions. You will consider how to build on the knowledge and understanding that learners bring to the maths classroom to motivate them and encourage them to understand the value of maths.

For a full course description please follow the course link to the ETF booking website.

Extended courses

  • Maths Functional Skills teaching (Level 5 module)
    This course is particularly suitable for those who do not currently hold a specific teaching qualification in maths. It is designed to meet the needs of all parts of the Further Education and Training sector, including independent training providers, colleges, offender learning and adult and community education.
  • Supporting maths learners from Entry level 3 to Level 2
    This interactive course will present practical strategies to support your maths learners by considering the mistakes and misconceptions commonly seen in our learning settings and in the summative assessments.
  • Teaching Functional Skills Maths (FutureLearn)
    Wherever you teach Functional Skills Maths, and whatever your role, we hope this course will help you understand better what is required to make your maths teaching a success for you, your organisation and, most importantly, for learners themselves.We also offer longer GSCE and Functional skills courses that take place over 10 sessions. Most of our offer is currently live online, with one eight-week asynchronous course

For a full course description please follow the course link to the ETF booking website.

Additional learning support

All levels

  • The correlation with mental health and wellbeing in maths
    Delegates will explore “emotional differentiation and problem solving” solutions for when a learner is faced with a subject specific anxiety, as well as enhancing practitioners understanding of “cognitive schemas” and how these are important in relation to experiences in Maths.
  • Additional SEND needs – opening up your maths curriculum (dates coming in November)
  • Innovative teaching methods and modes of delivery in maths (dates coming in November)
  • What makes an effective supporter worker in tackling maths and English (dates coming in November)
  • Using support workers to effectively support teaching and learning (dates coming in November)

For a full course description please follow the course link to the ETF booking website.

Resources

A body of resources to support practitioners’ individual needs, skills and knowledge.

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