Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Maths – Secondary Non-Specialists

  • by

This new programme is designed to support non-specialist teachers teaching maths in a secondary school in developing specialist knowledge for teaching mathematics, thus enabling them to understand, teach and support pupils in maths in the classroom.

Drawing on best practice established by the Teacher Subject Specialism Training (TSST), this programme consists of 6 days which will be delivered via a blended model of online and face-to-face learning.


Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics – Information about the programme for secondary non-specialists from NCETM on Vimeo.

This programme is being led by Sue Hough and Jo Kennedy, PGCE Senior Lecturers in Mathematics Education at Manchester Metropolitan University.


Aligned with the pedagogy behind teaching for mastery, the new programme will enable participants to explore six key themes:

  • Structure of the number system
  • Operating on number
  • Multiplicative reasoning
  • Sequences and graphs
  • Statistics and probability
  • Geometry

What are the benefits?

Participants will:

  • explore and increase their use of a range of pedagogic approaches consistent with teaching for mastery
  • increase their confidence in planning for progression in maths
  • improve their subject and curriculum knowledge of secondary maths with a particular emphasis on mathematical structures in key areas.

Each participating teacher will be provided with a hard-copy workbook for each session full of useful representations for the classroom that can be annotated and used for reflection. They will also work with a school-based mentor between sessions to reflect, plan and think deeply about mathematical concepts and how these are most effectively used in maths lessons.

Who can apply?

A teacher that is currently teaching some mathematics but who has not undertaken initial teacher training (ITT) in mathematics.

What is the cost?

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


This programme comprises 6 full days of training lasting approximately one year.  The sessions will be delivered using a blended approach of online and face-to-face learning. All sessions will take place at Chorlton Park Primary School, Manchester M21 7HH

Wednesday 13 October 2021
Tuesday 23 November 2021
Wednesday 12 January 2022
Thursday 17 February 2022
Tuesday 15 March 2022
Monday 25 April 2022