Algebra Tiles Master Class


In this exciting full day course, we will explore the power and versatility of Algebra tiles and how they can be used to expertly teach a large range of school level number and algebra topics.


The course will carefully consider the introduction of algebra tiles in developing early number and build upon these solid foundations to up to advanced algebra. Starting with the gradual introduction of the tiles we can demonstrate a clear and consistent method for teaching directed number, which removes any gimmicks and avoids common misconceptions and pitfalls, moving on to demonstrate how the order of operations can be logically taught without resorting to BIDMAS. The course then looks at more algebraic topics beginning with a fool proof way of solving linear equations of any level of complexity, then demonstrate expanding and factorising quadratic expressions and give true meaning and understanding to the phase ‘completing the square’.

Example Programme

  • 10:00   Introduction to the tiles
  • 10:30   Directed number and order of operations
  • 11:30   Manipulating expressions and solving equations
  • 12:30   Lunch
  • 13:00   Expanding and factorising quadratics
  • 14:00   Exploring the links between arithmetic, factorising, and division of polynomials.
  • 15:00   Finish

You will leave the course with...

  • An expert understanding of the use of algebra tiles from early arithmetic to advanced algebra.
  • A comprehensive resource of rigorously planned and sequenced examples for each topic covered, ready to use in the classroom.
  • A free individual teacher pack of algebra tiles.

This course is appropriate for...

  • Primary, Secondary and FE Teachers
  • Non Specialists
  • Maths Subject Leaders

Your Course Leaders

Mark McCourt

Mark is the UK's leading authority on teaching for mastery. He has trained over 2000 schools in mastery models for schooling in the UK and overseas.

A leading figure in mathematics education, Mark has led many large-scale government education initiatives, both in the UK and overseas. Mark was a Director at the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) and has also been a school leader, an Advanced Skills Teacher, a school inspector and a teacher trainer. He founded and was Chairman of the Teacher Development Trust.

Mark has extensive experience of mathematics teaching and learning across all age and ability groups, having taught students from age 3 to PhD!

Chris McGrane

Chris has 13 years of teaching experience, spread across 3 very different schools. Before becoming Mathematics Lead for La Salle in Scotland he was Principal Teacher of Maths at Hillhead High School and oversaw the design and implementation of a mastery curriculum - the first of its type in Scotland.

Chris has played a role in moving forward professional dialogue regarding mathematics education in Scotland. In addition to conference presentations he uses Twitter daily to share insight, ideas and opinion. He regularly publishes articles on his blog Recently, reflecting his interest in effective task design, Chris launched the website which shares tasks he has written and collated from colleagues.

Jonathan Hall

Jonathan has been teaching Maths in secondary schools since completing his PGCE in 2005. Before becoming a Mathematics Lead for La Salle, he was a successful head of department at Leeds City Academy for over five years and continues to work there as a Lead Practitioner of Mathematics.

Over the past decade, Jonathan has made significant contributions to the maths community by the creation of several well-known websites, most notably MathsBot, used by millions of teachers and students each year.

Jonathan has regularly presented at local and national conferences where he shares his both experiences and ideas from the classroom and the resources he creates. He is a keen Twitter user and is often posting new resources or updates to existing ones based on feedback from the maths community.

Locations and Dates:

  • Manchester

    Trinity CofE High School (M15 6HP)

    Thursday, 23rd January 2020

  • London

    Parliament Hill School (NW5 1RL)

    Wednesday, 29th January 2020

  • Brighton

    University of Brighton

    Thursday, 30th January 2020

  • Leeds

    Leeds City Academy (LS6 2LG)

    Thursday, 30th January 2020

  • Cambridge

    The Leys School (CB2 7AD)

    Friday, 31st January 2020

  • Bristol

    Bristol Brunel Academy (BS15 1NU)

    Thursday, 6th February 2020

  • Stoke-on-Trent

    Kidsgrove Secondary School (ST7 4DL)

    Friday, 7th February 2020

  • Glasgow

    The High School of Glasgow (G13 1PL)

    Tuesday, 17th March 2020

  • Edinburgh

    Leith Academy (EH6 8JQ)

    Wednesday, 25th March 2020

Course Fees

£140 / 80

First Attendee / Subsequent Attendees



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