Training Programme – Improving Maths in Key Stage Three

26 June 2018

Good maths skills are essential for everyday life and a range of careers. Yet there remains a large and persistent attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers. The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) believes the best way to change this is through better use of evidence: looking at what has – and has not – worked in the past.

To support good maths teaching in Key Stages 2 and 3, they’ve published new guidance that gives schools and teachers practical “do’s and don’ts” of great maths teaching.

This guidance report highlights eight recommendations for schools and teachers:

1. Use assessment to build on pupils’ existing knowledge and understanding

2. Use manipulatives and representations

3. Teach strategies for solving problems

4. Enable pupils to develop a rich network of mathematical knowledge

5. Develop pupils’ independence and motivation

6. Use tasks and resources to challenge and support pupils’ mathematics

7. Use structured interventions to provide additional support

8. Support pupils to make a successful transition between primary and secondary school

The full report is free to access and available here.

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This three day training programme will support secondary schools in implementing the recommendations from this guidance report in KS3, in a clear and well-structured way.

Later on in the year we are hoping to launch a similar training programme for Key Stage 2.


Led by Kate Blight and Natasha Bedford

Kate has taught maths at Durrington for the last 14 years and has had a number of roles in the school, but is currently Director of maths. Natasha leads Year 7 maths. Maths is a popular and successful subject at Durrington, having achieved consistently outstanding outcomes in the last 10 years, with GCSE results significantly above the national average. Both Kate and Natasha have been instrumental in this success. As a result of this success, our maths team has been asked to work with a number of other maths departments in other schools, to help them improve their performance.

As well as leading an excellent maths team, both Kate and Natasha are very high performing maths teachers, achieving consistently impressive outcomes for the students they teach. This is as a result of the reflective and evidence-informed approach they take to their own teaching. Kate has worked with other maths specialists in the Research School Network to develop this training programme, based on the EEF guidance report.

Target audience: Secondary maths teachers and Curriculum Leaders

Dates: 21 February, 4 May, 26 June (Each day will run from 10am – 3pm)

Cost: £295

Venue: The Research Centre, Durrington High School, The Boulevard, Worthing, West Sussex BN13 1JX

Improving Maths in Key Stage Three

Click here for online booking.

For further details please contact Lisa Edwards on

Posted on 3 November 2017
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