Maths Subject  Leaders – 2018

I’ve only been to two meetings but I can say I’ve really liked how we can learn from one another to see what works and what doesn’t 

I’m looking forward to next year!

Thanks Mark

Best Features: Great to connect with other Maths Leads, networking, sharing ideas, updates.

very clear ideas of ways to lead the subject in school.

huge amount of research, which was emailed so that we can review it

keeping up today with new developments

Greatest impact: shape problem solving, hands on ideas, sharing resources.

cross curricular maths and how it can be lead in school

use of resources to compliment a mastery approach

KS2 Subject Knowledge Modules 17/18

Really useful course. Lots of good ideas, especially liked the practical pie charts! Thanks

Best features of the modules:  concrete examples that we worked through that can be applied in class, exploration of misconceptions, understanding the conceptual aspects, linking the concrete and the abstract, maths exploration through real world hands on approach

Greatest impact of the modules: strategies that can be brought into the classroom, informing my own teaching of how to approach different topics, understanding how to link practical resources to methods, really helpful to deepen my understanding of Y6 maths

Bar Modelling Staff Meeting – January 18

“Our staff received training on the use of bar method when solving problems. Mark was well prepared with lots of apparatus we could use. He delivered training that was thorough and engaging. it was useful & realisticfrom EYFS to year 6. He was very approachable , realistic & aware of what it was like being in a busy classroom. All staff enjoyed the training & said that they had got something useful out of it. We would not hesitate to invite Mark back to our school.”

N Granger Maths lead teacher Elvington Primary School. York

Bar Modelling Twilights

Hi Mark

Thanks for the twilights. They were really useful in helping us on our Bar Modelling journey!
Karen Boardman, Headteacher, St Barnabas CE Primary School York

Teaching Assistants CPD on Models and images

Oct 17 – Worthinghead Primary School, Bradford

Comments from support staff:

“Thank you for your extra support and knowledge. I now have lots of ideas to support children in learning and achieving”

“Thank you for explaining different ways to teach maths. I feel much more confident! You have made maths fun!!”

“Thank you for your extra support on smart strategies and bar modelling”

“This would be really useful starting in Year 2 and continuing throughout the school years. It was really fun!”


Key Stage 1 mastery course
“Good practical advice on how to deepen learning” KS1 Teacher

The greatest impact will be “use of more practical equipment and getting children to explain more” KS1 Teacher

Differentiation for the quick learners course

“Lots of visual aids to help the teaching of reasoning” KS2 Teacher

“I like the journalling idea and the opportunity it gives the children to explain their methods” KS2 Teacher

“Lots of practical ideas and resources which will have a direct impact on my class!” KS2 Teacher

“Thank you – a great afternoon!” KS2 Teacher

Primary Maths Subject Leaders Network Meetings

“Really good ideas and practical ways of improving children’s maths” Bradford Subject Leader

“I will be using the different methods of learning, including the journal when I go back to school” Bradford Subject Leader

“Very hands on and practical” Bradford Subject Leader


“Lots of ideas to give to staff on puzzles/activities to develop depth”
Bradford Subject Leader

“Another good, thought provoking course. Lots of actions to go back to school with” Bradford Subject Leader

“Showing how it can be visual and creative …… Not spoon feeding, letting children think for themselves” Bradford Subject Leader

Bespoke work


“After speaking with staff, we really enjoyed the paper folding / fraction / conceptual activity.” Secondary School Maths leader

We’re really making progress now in conceptual development, so thank you for your part in that.
Secondary School Maths leader

Having Mark work with us has been a huge help to all in our school. His beliefs around the teaching of mathematics centre around a wider, deeper understanding of maths for all children using thoughtful questioning and by facilitating learning through the use of concrete, pictorial and abstract tasks. His way with both children and staff puts everyone he meets at ease and allows all learners to feel confident and delve deeper into their own knowledge without fear. Mark practises what he preaches and is happy to demonstrate his techniques before working alongside teachers and teaching assistants to develop the same skills in them. Mark’s input has been valuable and effective across the school and all staff who worked with him are now much happier, more confident maths teachers. Thank you Mark! ” – Bradford Deputy Headteacher