Subject Specific


Distilling the £450K SSIF project to KS2 Maths leads
About this course

  • How do we accelerate progress for all pupils in Key Stage 2 Maths, including the silent and reluctant’?
  • How to seamlessly integrate metacognition and ‘Maths Mindset’ with the curriculum in every lesson?
  • How do we connect rapid recall and effective revision with higher-order thinking and oracy?

This unique course offers KS2 Maths leads the distilled research, development and experience of a £450K Strategic School Improvement Funding project to close gender gaps in Maths in KS2, presented by the lead training designer himself. The 2-year project involved 28 disparate schools, hundreds of Maths teachers and, in terms of measurable outcomes, is the most successful intervention of its kind.

The results speak for themselves: in a total cohort of 1000+ pupils, in Year 5/6, the gap between boys and girls in ‘attempted answers’ fell from -2.4% in Autumn 2017 to -0.1% in Spring 2019. Download the full analysis from

All strategies have been designed to be immediately applicable to a variety of schools and have demonstrated their positive impact on a broad range of pupils, including PPG, SEND and EAL.

Course Outcomes:
  • Understand the rationales and the evidence behind the selected approaches
  • Master four immediately applicable activities to drive attainment for all pupils
  • Facilitate inclusiveness through equal participation and individual accountability
  • Easily embed high-impact concepts, such as metacognition and oracy, at every opportunity
Course Outline:
Session 1: Context and basics

The history and context of the Strategic School Improvement Fund Maths project

The rationales and the evidence behind the selected approaches

Understanding and running effective activities in the Maths lesson

Unique evidence for a cultural shift in the perception of Maths

Session 2: Mastering procedural tasks

Rapid recall & effective revision (e.g. number bonds, times tables, vocabulary)

The role of direct instruction and modelling in small steps

Using activities as guided practice with intense scaffolding

Ending toxic emotions around Maths and building confidence in having a mathematical brain

Session 3: Raising the game

Embedding metacognition in a mathematical context

Building Maths mindsets – resilience and creativity in the face of challenge

Applied subject vocabulary

Higher-order thinking, sharing, explaining and negotiating

Wendy Imperato

029 2071 1787
Mary Chapman

+44 (0)29 2071 1787