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Identifying and Planning for Misconceptions and Gaps in Mathematical Knowledge and Understanding

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Worried that some children won’t have engaged in any mathematical thinking since March? Anxious that some of your pupils will return with a negative attitude to maths or high levels of anxiety and self-doubt? Concerned about returning to school-based learning and gaps in pupils’ maths skills?

Read on! The Education People’s Maths Team may be able to help!


‘Identifying and planning for misconceptions and gaps in mathematical knowledge and understanding’ is a two-part package that aims to upskill both Maths Subject Leaders and teachers with the necessary knowledge and understanding to bridge the gap when pupils transition back into school, both in the summer term and into next year.

The package consists of:

  • A recorded webinar for Maths Subject Leaders – Subject Leader training to prepare them to support staff in taking the e-learning module. This webinar will focus on the theory and research needed to enable leaders to plan an effective transition back into school and maths units.
  • CPD module for teachers – this training can be delivered by the MSL either face to face or via the school's own webinar software. It will help teachers to see the importance of continuity and progression when pupils return to school. Teachers will need a clear understanding of the learning that would normally have gone before, otherwise there is a danger that inexperienced or less skilled teachers will just try to teach from the point pupils would normally be at or resort to testing. This CPD module will explore key aspects of Assessment for Learning that will support teachers to tailor their teaching to children’s starting points. The training will signpost high quality resources that can be used to develop an understanding of the prior learning that needs to be embedded before pupils are ready to move on to new learning. This will enable teachers to create pre-teaching units so they can rapidly catch children up to age-related teaching and learning.