Planning and Teaching for Mastery: Twilight Sessions

Led by Mastery Specialists:       Sarah Anderson – Swaythling Primary School 

                                                                       Carla Laney – St. John’s and St. Mark’s Primary School 

                                                                       Denise Phillips – Townhill Junior School 


These free twilights are an opportunity to network with other teachers across the city, develop your understanding of the principles of mastery and create shared year group specific planning. 

The twilights are aimed at all primary teachers from across the city. 

Each session will be dedicated to developing an understanding of the teaching for mastery approach through creating medium term plans for mathematical concepts.   During the sessions, you will have the chance to discuss the images, representations, questions and task design for individual lessons to ensure there is a coherent journey through and across the planning. 

Sessions:  Date and Location: 
Introduction to the principles of mastery planning and meeting planning teams Tuesday, 16th January, 4.00 pm at Swaythling Primary (SO17 3SZ) 
Planning a unit for the Spring Term   Monday, 19th February, 4.00 pm at Swaythling Primary (SO17 3SZ)
Planning a unit for the Summer Term    Monday, 16th April, 4.00 pm at St. John’s Primary (SO14 2AU)
Reviewing planning from current year and looking forward to planning for the new academic year  Thursday, 5th July, 4.00 pm at St. John’s Primary (SO14 2AU) 

If you would like sign up, please do so via the ‘Book a Course’ tab.   Please include the names and year groups of anyone attending so that we are able to manage numbers in planning teams. 

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Maths Summer School for Year 10s

This year there is to be a Year 12 maths summer school.

The dates are Monday 2nd – Saturday 7th July 2018.

This will be a residential course in Winchester for Year 12 students hoping to study maths at university, the summer school will be held at held at Winchester College.

Theme: ‘Proof in mathematics’.  Explore different structures of mathematical proof in various context including geometry, algebra, number theory and combinatorics.

Cost: circa £200 (includes accommodation and meals). Bursaries are available.

For more information contact

Secondary maths courses

Secondary Maths Courses 2017/18

Reaching Out – Helping the lower attaining pupils – Focus on mainstream SEND pupils in Years 5 and 8 (SECONDARY)

In many schools within our region there is a clear issue with Mathematics outcomes of SEND pupils in mainstream. We wish to run an innovation workgroup to re-focus teachers on generating ‘talk for learning’ and improve formative assessment of lower attaining pupils by generating materials.

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Primary Maths Courses 2017/18

We are delighted to be able to offer the following primary maths courses which have been arranged for 2017-18 academic year:

Primary Maths Courses

Mathematics and Subject Knowledge Enhancement for Primary Teachers

This Work Group aims to help primary teachers improve their knowledge of primary mathematics content (subject knowledge) with a particular emphasis on mathematical structure in key areas.

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Shanghai Exchange Programme

On September 16th, two of our mastery specialist teachers Carla Laney (St John’s Primary and Nursery) and Fiona Steele (Gurnard Primary) set off to Shanghai with the NCETM to continue the exchange programme that has been running for the last few years.

Here are their thoughts:

Our trip to Shanghai was such an amazing opportunity to experience first-hand everything that we had heard about Math’s teaching in China. We saw how the teachers are absolutely committed to fine- tuning every lesson and how lesson observation and ‘guidance meetings’ are part of the process of improvement and professional development.

A few misconceptions about what we might see were also resolved – we didn’t see rote learning, we saw engaged, confident and competent mathematicians who were able to problem – solve in different contexts and undertake practical activities.

Carla and I came away buzzing with ideas about how we might adapt this approach in our own settings and we both feel lesson design might be the key. Experiencing a lesson first hand really puts the concept of Mastery into an understandable context.

We are really excited to welcome two teachers from Shanghai in January, where they will be spending two weeks with Carla and Fiona at their schools. Within that time there will be two opportunities for teachers to come and observe and lesson and take part in the post-lesson discussion.

Our open house sessions will be on Wednesday 24th January 2018 and Thursday 25th January 2018 at St John’s Primary and Nursery School. If you are interested in attending either of these sessions, please email  

Full details are attached Shanghai Open House

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Primary Mathematics Conference


On Friday 29th September we held our first annual primary maths conference. This was attended by over 70 delegates from across the Solent region. Our keynote speaker, Ben Sparks, focussed on the emotional side of mathematics and the ways on which this can impact on children’s learning. Providing problems that invoke an emotional response result in learning that is more likely to be remembered and understood.

For many of the attendees this problem invoked the greatest emotional response:

Two cars are driving on a dual carriageway.

Blue driving at 70mph

Yellow driving at 100mph

At the instant they are level they both see an obstruction ahead.

Blue stops *just* in time

What happens to yellow?

One of Ben’s suggestions included acknowledging your own emotional responses with classes and encouraging your learners to do the same by recording your mathematics in two columns.

  • A ‘Maths’ column (algebra, conclusions, formal, etc.)
  • An ‘emotions/comments’ columns (informal, running commentary)

We would love to hear from anyone that gives this a go!

The keynote was followed by a series of workshops exploring tens frames, mastery and greater depth, SEND in mainstream and bar modelling. It was a fantastic day and we look forward to welcoming many more people next year.

Our best maths tips from the day:

  • “Look for, and celebrate, the good emotions from maths.”
  • “Sometimes just do some maths just because it’s nice…”
  • “Mastery requires a long term culture shift of positive attitudes.”
  • “Representations allow children to hear the maths you are teaching.”

Resources are available at:

Maths Subject Knowledge Enhancement for Teaching Assistants

This Work Group is designed to enhance and deepen maths subject knowledge and pedagogy for teaching assistants.  Increased confidence in their own subject knowledge, and enhanced awareness of how children gain number sense and learn mathematics will allow TAs to better support children in the classroom and during small group or individual intervention. 

Courses are taking place at the following venues:



Training & Learning Centre, St. Mary’s Road, Portsmouth PO1 5PF 

30th October, 5th December, 8th January 


The Ringwood School, Parsonage Barn Lane, Ringwood BH24 1SE

16th October, 31st October, 19th January 
Isle of Wight 


Quay Art, Sea St, Newport PO30 5BW 

Riverside, The Quay, Newport PO30 2QR


15th January, 29th January 

5th February 



The Maltings, Alton GU34 1DT

18th January, 1st February, 8th February 

Please find attached, full details : CAN DO NCP

Please note there is a cost of £40 per delegate per complete 3 day course to cover venue costs.

If you are interested in signing up, please do so via the booking page.  


Introduction to Mechanics for Beginners 2017


A one day beginners’ course for teacherswho are new to teaching mechanics. 

Venue:   Training and Learning Centre, Portsmouth Academy, Cowper Road Portsmouth PO1 5PF 

Date:      Wednesday, 11th October 2017 

Please see attached, including details of how to sign up.  

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