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Primary Early Career Teacher Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Maths (SKTM)

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This 4-day programme is designed to support primary early career teachers (teachers in their first two years of teaching) in developing specialist knowledge for teaching mathematics, therefore enabling them to better understand, teach and support pupils in maths in the classroom.

It offers high quality maths support, recognising the requirements of the Early Career Framework and the impact of Covid on their ITT experience.

The focus will be on designing effective learning and teaching in maths across 3 areas: building early number concepts, additive reasoning and multiplicative reasoning.

What are the benefits?

Participants will work deeply on one area of maths, drawing in the associated pedagogy, and activities will include lesson analysis and lesson design.

Participants will:

  • plan and teach a carefully sequenced and coherent area of maths
  • appreciate the key ideas underpinning the area of maths being taught
  • understand key principles and approaches associated with teaching for mastery
  • understand approaches to assess pupils’ prior learning, so that learning sequences take this into account
  • make appropriate use of representations to expose the structure of the maths being taught.

Who can apply?

Early career teachers (teachers in their first two years of teaching). Places are allocated on a first come first served basis and are restricted to two teachers per school.

What is the cost?

This programme is fully funded by the Maths Hubs Programme and so is free to participating schools/colleges.

Participants must be able to commit to the full academic year’s programme, including the completion of classroom activities/gap tasks in between sessions. Each participant is required to attend 4-5 sessions spread out throughout the year, the majority of which will be face-to-face.


For those beginning the Primary ECT programme in the 2023 – 24 academic year, the course arrangements are as follows:

Tuesday 14th November (Didsbury High School)

Wednesday 31st January (Didsbury High School)

Tuesday 19th March (Chorlton Park Primary School)

Thursday 27th June (Chorlton Park Primary School)

All sessions will run from 9:30am – 2:30pm.

The address for Didsbury High School is 4 The Avenue, Didsbury, Manchester, M20 2ET

The address for Chorlton Park Primary School is Mauldeth Road West, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 7HH


For those going into their second year of the Primary ECT programme in the 2023 – 24 academic year (who started the programme in 2022 – 23), the course arrangements are as follows:

Tuesday 21st November (Didsbury High School)

Thursday 18th January 2024 (Chorlton Park Primary School)

Thursday 7th March (Didsbury High School)

Wednesday 12th June (Chorlton Park Primary School)


This programme is fully booked for the 2023 – 24 academic year, for both cohorts. For further information, please contact us via the “submit interest” button below.