A chance to understand and develop the skills expert maths teachers use to meet the needs of students who have often struggled with maths, to ensure they leave school has happy and confident mathematicians who have achieved their level 4-5 pass at GCSE maths.


  • Train teachers identify and fix gaps student’s understanding of primary school maths
  • Teach strategies for overcoming the physical, psychological and behavioural barriers to learning lower attaining students often face.
  • Explore effective strategies for teaching top-end content for foundation GCSE. Please note: not all topics can be covered – however there is flexibility to focus on the most popular topics requested by participants.
  • Present strategies for exam preparation for these students as they target levels 4&5.
COURSE DATE Online | Thursday 03 December 2020
  • Secondary school and FE maths teachers with responsibility for teaching GCSE maths to lower attaining students.
  • Heads of Maths, LA and Academy chain advisers.
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance


1.30pm  – 1:40pm: Introduction

Introductions and a chance for participants to express particular issues they are struggling with or topics they’d like strategies for teaching during the training.

1.40pm  – 2:40pm: Managing mindsets – building for success 

  • Understand the experience of being a lower attainer in maths
  • Identify and overcome physical barriers to learning
  • Break down psychological barriers to learning
  • Eliminate/work around elements of dyscalculia

2:40 – 2:50am: Break

2:50pm– 3.50pm: Teaching that works – effective strategies that maximise learning

  • Teach using a small steps approach (how and when)
  • Understand and use low-floor high-ceiling structural teaching
  • Teach with context
  • Employ advanced listening skills

3:50pm – 4:00pm: Break

4.00pm – 5:00pm: Exam ready – preparing students to get the marks needed to pass

  • Tackle tricky topics
  • Plan journeys for success
  • Celebrate achievement
  • Personalise action plans

4.50 / 5.00pm: A chance to chat about any remaining issues you are facing.

Rebecca Hanson

Rebecca Hanson (MA Cantab. PGCE MEd FCCT) was a successful Head of Maths in a secondary school serving a community with many challenges before going on to lecture in Secondary Mathematics Education at Manchester Metropolitan University and the Open University.  She freeshares her primary maths CPD on YouTube as RebeccaTheMathLady.

Rebecca has presented workshops at major mathematics education conferences and recently delivered an online workshop on the future of primary mathematics teaching with over 1000 participants. She has led national and international projects in mathematics education and was the lead author on the NCETM microsite for mathematics teaching assistants.