Maths Mastery: How Bar Modelling Instantly Improves Children’s Understanding



“Inspirational training. The children are responding positively to new ideas and a more pictorial approach to teaching.”


E Cross, Head of Maths, Brooke Priory School, Rutland



  • How to move children away from ‘finding an answer’ to ‘engaging with the structure of the problem’, identifying the mathematics and using reasoning to identify calculations involved using approaches such as ‘Goal-free’ problem solving


  • Learn how much more brilliant the bar model is when you start with ‘concrete’ experiences using ‘Cuisenaire’ rods: ensuring children learn generalise about values and relationships developing understanding of algebra alongside number sense


  • Learn to plan using real-life, engaging contexts that stimulate children’s thinking and give them a reason to learn and refine their mathematical skills using Karen’s highly effective ‘Maths Sandwich’ and ‘Medium-Term Maths Map’ planning approaches


Further Details

Costs for up to 30 delegates from a single school start at:


£400 (+VAT) for a twilight session

£475 (+VAT) for a half day 

£650 (+VAT) for a full day 


Plus expenses (travel and accommodation where needed)


Looking to host your own conference or invite other schools to join you?


Karen is a regular UK and international conference speaker. Simply email for further details


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

Who is this course suitable for?

Whole school staff: SLT, teachers and teaching assistants

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  • ‘One of our EYFS Teachers has just attended this training and came back totally inspired and singing your praises. She said that she learnt more on this course than any course she has ever attended!’


    C Magnocavallo Head of Maths, Chesham Preparatory School, Bucks

  • Thank you for showing us HOW to change. So many courses just tell us what isn't working but not how to go about addressing this. Your approaches make so much sense! 

  • Just to say thank you again for 3 really brilliant talks at SGIS. We're a small school near Basel and we’d be interested in anything you’re doing nearby (Zurich way) so please let us know!