Our nationally accredited professional development programmes support all teachers of GCSE mathematics by sharing best practice and by deepening understanding of the subject knowledge and pedagogy.

Years 7-11 Coherence Work Groups

Bookings now open for 2021/22.

This programme enables participant teachers to work together to ‘unpick’ (i.e. analyse, deconstruct and trace through the curriculum) a challenging topic from GCSE Mathematics.

Previously known as ‘Challenging Topics at GCSE’, the name of this programme has been changed for 2021/22 to more accurately reflect the work undertaken, as well as to convey the importance of curriculum coherence.

Participants will develop insight into the associated difficulties and misconceptions to support teaching in the short term, but also consider the implications for longer term curriculum design.

Workshops will provide opportunities for teachers to identify and analyse a key challenging topic area, to work collaboratively to develop pedagogical approaches to it, and to evaluate and discuss after teaching. There will be school-based tasks for participants to engage with between each meeting.

Mathematical Thinking for GCSE

Bookings now open for 2021/22

The key aim of this programme is to support teachers in developing their understanding of mathematical thinking as it relates to problem-solving and reasoning, using practical task types to explore what it means for students to get better at mathematical thinking, and what this looks like in the classroom.

Exam boards often note that, when students come to GCSE exams, AO2 and AO3 are frequently poorly addressed. Through collaborative professional development, this programme will help teachers become better equipped to help all students develop their mathematical thinking.

Y5-Y8 Continuity Work Group

Bookings now open for 2021/22

The key aim of this programme is to strengthen the transition from primary to secondary school by focusing on curriculum and pedagogical continuity over Years 5 to 8.

A key theme is multiplicative reasoning and content will include developing a deeper understanding of multiplicative structures, such as fractions, decimals, percentages and ratios.

A lesson study approach is encouraged where all participants focus on a particular aspect of the maths curriculum and work collaboratively to develop this in their schools. Cross-phase classroom observation and discussion of practice is encouraged wherever possible. Participants are expected to consider ways to develop the approaches explored during the project with other staff in their schools.

We are running a Work Group in each of our 5 boroughs – Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale and Stockport – and are recruiting Secondary schools and their feeder Primary schools to take part.



Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Maths – Secondary Early Career Teachers

*NEW for 2021-22*  – Bookings now open

This project is designed to support secondary early career teachers (teachers in their first two years of teaching) in developing specialist knowledge for teaching mathematics, thus enabling them to understand, teach and support students in maths in the classroom.

Participants will work deeply on one area of maths, drawing in the associated pedagogy, and activities will include lesson analysis and lesson design. This programme will take place across the equivalent of four days.

Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Maths – Secondary Non-Specialists

*NEW for 2021-22*  – Bookings now open

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.


Mastery Development Work Groups


This fully funded programme is for secondary schools who are looking to introduce and develop a Teaching for Mastery approach within their maths department.

Each school is invited to nominate two teachers as ‘Mastery Advocates’ to form part of a Work Group, which meets regularly to develop professional knowledge and expertise.  Led by one of our experienced Secondary Mastery Specialists, you will learn the principles and practices associated with teaching for mastery.

KS3/4 Problem Solving

The main focus of this popular Problem Solving Work Group, led by Marisa Bartoli, Director of Mathematics, Laurus Trust, is to develop a large region wide network of subject specialists.  Working together collaboratively, participants will develop pedagogy, resources and materials that help colleagues develop deeper mathematical understanding for their students. The aim of the group is to improve the teaching on mathematics in the local area, providing theoretical background and training to be able to take the ideas discussed further.

Each year the group has a different focus, and this year it is introducing and developing trigonometry at Years 7 & 8, using unit circles to develop ideas of Pythagoras, and algebraic representation.