Teaching for Greater Depth: Improving Reasoning Using Bar Modelling



“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



  • Teach children to focus upon reasoning, make sense of problems and identify mathematical structures first before attempting to ‘find an answer’


  • Experience bar modelling for yourself and see how easily it helps you make sense of problems both from real life and purely mathematical contexts


  • Learn how the bar model starts with ‘concrete’ experiences using ‘Cuisenaire’ rods to help children generalise about values and relationships developing understanding of algebra alongside number sense


  • Teach inverse relationships, ’empty place’ calculations, multiplication, division and fractions by connecting Cuisenaire rods and bar modelling to abstract symbols



Further Details

Costs for up to 30 delegates start at:


£325 (+VAT)* for a twilight session

£375 (+VAT)* for a half day 

£550 (+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

Who is this course suitable for?

Whole school staff: SLT, teachers and teaching assistants

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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