Teacher Assistants: Improving Self-Confidence and Core Skills in Maths


‘Great training- engaging, entertaining, clear and informative. Made learning maths fun for the first time in my life!’

C Lillywhite, Teacher



Invest in this training and develop teaching assistants’:


  • Ability to develop children’s independence as learners so they think for themselves and become resilient learners


  • Understanding of how to use ‘Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract’ approaches to improve children’s mathematical talk, reasoning and problem solving


  • Role in assessing children’s understanding and capturing vital evidence of learning throughout a lesson


  • Confidence in their own ability to learn and enjoy maths at a high level and practical ways of addressing this

Further Details


This essential training is delivered over three half days allowing staff to take action back in school and build confidence, skill and knowledge for sustained change.


Session 1:


‘Everyone can learn maths well’: Developing a Mathematical Growth Mindset for All Learners


  • Why your mindset matters most.


  • Developing TA mathematical confidence, knowledge and skills  to improve the effectiveness of their role in the classroom. 


  • A fascinating and life-changing session using up-to-date research around ‘Growth Mindset’, how the brain learns maths most effectively and the vital role of supportive adults in this process.


Sessions 2 and 3:


‘Essential Number Sense’ Giving every child the skills they need to be successful in maths


  • Understanding the structures of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.


  • Exploring why the ‘=’ sign doesn’t mean ‘the answer is’ or ‘makes‘ but instead denotes ‘equivalence‘ and connecting this to comparative models using Cuisenaire rods and bar modelling (supporting problem solving, calculation and algebra)


  • How to use the ‘Concrete- Pictorial-Abstract’ (Singapore/Bruner) to give ALL children the opportunity to be successful learners


  • Teaching place value (unitizing and ‘base ten’) with understanding and meaningful application using ‘Ten Frames’




Who is this course suitable for?

Teaching assistants from the EYFS to Year 6

Costs for up to 30 delegates start at:


£325 (+VAT)* for a twilight session

£400 (+VAT)* for a half day 

£650 (+VAT)* for a full day 


Looking to cluster with other schools or host your own conference?

Costs start at £35 (+VAT) per delegate per half day (min. 12 delegates)


*Travel charged at £0.45 ppm 


This exciting training is also available internationally. Contact Karen for more details


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  • Really useful, thought-provoking training with very clear explanations. Thank you! 


    A Matthews, Year 2 Teacher

  • Fabulous ways of understanding maths and how to make it easier to teach.


    T Hartney, Year 5/6 Teacher

  • Karen's humour, presentation skills, manner and relationship with our staff was wonderful. Practical 'have-a-go' training which really made us think!'    


    S Flaherty, Head Teacher