Our Maths Teacher Subject Specialism Training courses provide an opportunity for non-specialist maths teachers and returning teachers to develop their subject knowledge.

TSST courses are completely FREE OF CHARGE.

This course is specifically designed to develop the subject knowledge of qualified teachers who did not train as maths teachers. It is also suitable for returning teachers who need to refresh their subject knowledge. The programme runs over 8 sessions which will build your skills and confidence to deliver good and outstanding maths lessons up to GCSE, address misconceptions and improve your understanding of how key ideas develop across the key stages. This high quality training opportunity has been developed in collaboration with the Centre for Innovation in Mathematics Teaching (CIMT) and is completely FREE OF CHARGE through funding from the DfE.

Why apply for this course?

Are you:

  • A non-specialist teacher teaching Maths?
  • A non-specialist teacher who could potentially teach Maths in addition to your main subject?
  • A teacher who wants to retrain as Maths teacher?
  • A teacher wishing to return to the profession to teach Maths?

If so, you could get FREE training from AvonTSA.

Our teacher subject specialism training (TSST) is designed and delivered by experienced teachers and is supported by online learning and assessment from Centre of Innovation in Mathematics Teaching (CIMT) at the University of Plymouth. The programme includes face-to-face sessions, gap tasks, problem solving and micro teaching tasks. Details can be found on the flyer.

Feedback from schools is that training has positively impacted on the confidence and effectiveness of non-specialist teachers. Other benefits include:

  • Increased subject knowledge and enthusiasm
  • Understanding and awareness of curriculum change
  • Better lesson planning
  • A greater range of teaching strategies developed and deployed

Feedback from previous delegates

The TSST training for maths at Malmesbury School has set up an opportunity for me that I would not have otherwise had. As soon as I heard about the programme I signed up for it and I have not regretted it once.

There were several others on the course and everyone it seemed had different circumstances or perspectives on the training. For me, it meant the possibility of training as a maths teacher and learning to teach a completely different subject from my current one. The course completely satisfied my needs in this respect and talking to the other participants, the course was flexible enough to cater for them too. From teachers new to maths to cross phase training everyone seemed to be properly challenged and to gain so much from the course.


Maths Facilitators

Melanie Hutchence

Melanie has worked at Malmesbury School as a maths teacher for four years. During this time, she has taken on a number of responsibilities ranging from monitoring and supporting the academic performance and progress of year groups across the school to leading KS5 for maths. Melanie is currently KS4 curriculum leader for maths and has lead the introduction of the new specification.

In all her roles, Melanie has supported, mentored and coached colleagues to help ensure high quality first teaching and sharing of best practice. She has been a PGCE mentor for trainee teachers and is an outstanding practitioner in the classroom. Melanie is the present coordinator for our Maths TSST programme.

Stephen Long

Stephen’s career in education has spanned over 16 years. His passion and enthusiasm for teaching Mathematics has seen him hold a number of roles within the Maths department in all the schools in which he has worked. He has had responsibility for all the Key Stages at various times during his career. Stephen is currently Second in Faculty at Malmesbury School and he has responsibility for KS5.

Stephen has always seen the importance of sharing good practice and supporting colleagues; he has mentored many PGCE students and NQTs and has facilitated CPD to staff within his faculty and beyond. Stephen has been involved in the planning and delivery of the Secondary Maths TSST course at Malmesbury School for the past two years and is an NCETM Advanced Mathematics Professional Development Lead.

Ruth Gibson Avon Teaching School Alliance
Ruth Jones

Ruth has been teaching at Malmesbury School for 5 years. In September 2014, Malmesbury opted to offer Core Maths as a compulsory subject to all eligible students. Ruth became the Core Maths Coordinator for the course and has progressed to becoming a Core Maths Lead for the Wiltshire/South Gloucestershire Region.

Ruth also works closely with the GLOW Maths Hub where she is the Level 3 Lead. This involves liaising and communicating with key partners in the Hub area, including the Further Maths Support programme, the Core Maths Support Programme and leaders of Level 3 Maths practice in schools and colleges across the GLOW region and beyond. In this role Ruth promotes and hosts a range of events to support teachers and schools in delivering Post 16 mathematics qualifications.

Ruth has been instrumental in developing, coordinating and delivering the Maths TSST programme at Malmesbury School.

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