Autumn term 2020 on-line CPD programme

It is going to be a very strange autumn term where it is unlikely that I will be able to be in school delivering CPD face to face (at least in the first half term).

However technology has shown us that we don’t always have to be in the same room to come together. I am offering on-line sessions every Tuesday during September and October 2020 after school using the Zoom platform at a great price of £20 – from my home to wherever you are.

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Click here for a downloadable copy of the programme.

CPD for you at home

I have a number of on-line CPD sessions available for purchase. These can be downloaded and then enjoyed at your convenience for the bargain price of £20 per title (until mid Sept). It’s been a strange experience recording them at my home but all are hands on learning and I hope give pause for thought, ideas and practical ideas to use in the classroom or develop within your own school. These might form part of your maths CPD for the year as we work in very different circumstances. Visit Teachers Courses and Resources to purchase.

There are 10 titles in total spanning KS1 and 2. At the moment, it seems unlikely I can be with you in school during Autumn 1 but I can be with you virtually. You may prefer (or not!) to interact with me (in a live sense) so all of these sessions can be delivered from my house to your socially distanced space – contact me for details.

developing number bonds to 20 in KS1establishing the foundations of place value
getting to grips with year 2progression in fractions
exploring key ideas in years 3 and 4progression in multiplication
exploring key ideas in years 5 and 6developing a love for algebra
an introduction to bar modellinggetting KS2 arithmetic to stick

Primary Network Meetings: Spring 2020

I almost made it to the end of the spring term mathematics network meetings. Unfortunately due to the current situation, I was unable to deliver at the meeting for Uttoxeter schools. As always, we discussed a whole range of issue both at a national level and more local one. Ofsted deep dives, EEF report Improving Mathematics in EYs/KS1 and the MTC were key topics of discussion.

We discussed resources that we finding useful and I shared the Swimming in Maths website. We discussed the maths in this picture and then went onto explore the links between square and triangular numbers.

In addition, we explored the NCETM Primary Mastery PD materials, in particular unit 2.6 quotitive and partitive division. Lots of discussion about the language of multiplication and division – when do you introduce the language of dividend, divisor and quotient?

Hopefully, we can resume network meetings in June. I have time to look into alternative methods of delivery.

Keep safe and healthy.

Primary Network Meetings

Primary Network meetings are now open for booking. These take place in Lichfield, Tamworth and Burton during November, March and June. Find out what’s new in your subject whether it be mathematics, English or science. They are delivered by subject experts – Vanessa Brown, Karen Lawley, Jenny Hart and Wendy Precious. As always, there will be plenty of opportunities to network, share ideas and discuss school priorities.

To book your place, just drop me an email. For more details, see the fliers below.

Planning for Autumn term 2019

Summer holidays means one thing …… thinking about the autumn term.

In the new Ofsted Inspection framework taking effect in September 2019 it highlights the importance of mathematical subject knowledge.

the school has taken steps to ensure that all teachers of mathematics, including non-specialist teachers of mathematics, have sufficient mathematical and teaching content knowledge to deliver the topics they teach effectively

Ofsted Inspection Framework: September 2019 Para 287

I am offering a range of subject specific CPD across Staffordshire at various locations as part of the work I do with Teachers’ Resources and Courses (TCR) and formerly Rob Snaith Consultancy. You can book your place by visiting TCR’s website and book your place on line.

NCETM WM Conference

I have the great pleasure speaking and again leading a session at the NCETM West Midlands conference on Tuesday 2 July 2019 at the Walsall Campus of the University of Wolverhampton. No Johnny Ball this year, however I will still be going for the selfie with Mr Kangaroo Maths himself Steve Lomax. Watch this space – those of you who have attended by CPD sessions know how much I like Kenny’s Pouch.

The day will bring together teachers from all over the West Midlands with some great sessions exploring mastery delivered by a range of specialists will be part of the day’s programme. So hope to see you there.

To book your place, please follow this link.

Summer Term Network Meetings 2019

Preparation is already afoot for the planning of summer term network meetings for mathematics, English and science. In addition to our meetings delivering within clusters of schools, we also offer meetings in Lichfield (am), Tamworth (am) and Burton (pm). These take place within the school day. Meetings are delivered by either Vanessa Brown or Karen Lawley (maths), Jenny Hart (English) or Wendy Precious (science).


To book your place at just £50 per person, just email me with your name, school and choice of venue.

The summer term is a great time to evaluate this academic year as well as starting to make plans for the next one. Whichever provider you choose, being updated as to the latest developments is an essential part of a core curriculum leadership role. These meetings provide an ideal opportunity to network with other colleagues from schools in your area.

Summer Mathematics Courses 2019

It’s that time of year when we have every intention of getting ready for September and the new academic year. So you may want to start considering CPD needs for your staff. The proposed Ofsted framework for September 2019 highlights the importance of mathematical subject knowledge.

the school has taken steps to ensure that all teachers of mathematics, including non-specialist teachers of mathematics, have sufficient mathematical and teaching content knowledge to deliver the topics they teach effectively

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As a result, my CPD sessions in 2019 – 2020 will focus on developing subject knowledge as well continuing to address the mastery agenda. As you can see above I am offering a new subject knowledge session on Place Value as well as familiar titles of bar modelling and manipulatives. I continue to work with Rob Snaith Consultancy around the Staffordshire offering interactive and thought provoking professional development. For further details or to book your place, please visit robsnaith.co.uk.

Spring Network Meetings

Great to catch up with so many of you during the Spring term network meetings for mathematics (English and Science). Subject leadership can be a very lonely and pressurised place at times and I would always advise you attend a network meeting (with any provider) to make sense of the madness. Of course if you’d like to join us during the summer term, details will be emailed to schools soon or you can keep informed by following me on Twitter. Network meetings are often lively and a great place to bounce ideas around and find out what’s happening both locally and nationally in mathematics. Hope to see you in the Summer.

Greater Depth in Years 1 – 3

The National Curriculum for Mathematics aims to ensure that all learners: become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, reason mathematically by thinking about relationships and can solve problems by applying their mathematics to increasingly complex problems. This session is designed to develop a deep conceptual understanding of learners’ mathematical reasoning. We will also explore the importance of effective questioning in developing these skills since the quality and variety of language that learners hear and speak are key factors in developing their mathematical vocabulary and presenting a mathematical justification, argument or proof.

This session will take place at St Thomas’ Priory Golf Club, Hawkesyard, Armitage (WS15 1PU).

Thursday 21 March 2019 0900 -1200

Enquiries or bookings can be made by visiting enquiries@robsnaith.co.uk