Bar Modelling


This full day CPD event will look at bar modelling and how it can facilitate learning in the classroom.

An advantage of using bar modelling is that the visual aspect gives an entry point into learning a topic which may be difficult to grasp through the learning of algorithms. When learning a new topic pupils need to be given every possibility to make meaning of the mathematical structure and to be given every opportunity to explore the ideas. They need to make connections to efficient symbolic and abstract approaches using explicit and precise mathematical language.

During this CPD we will be looking at the many applications of bar modelling and how it can be used in your classroom to increase pupils' understanding and attainment.


Bar models are a pictorial representation of problems or concepts. They can be used for:
  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Multiplication
  • Division
and are useful for problems involving:
  • Ratio
  • Variation
  • Solving equations
  • Linear simultaneous equation
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Delegates will take away:

  • An appreciation of the research and evidence behind bar modelling.
  • Deep understanding of using bar modelling to teach across the age and attainment range
  • Examples of how bar modelling can be used to tackle a wide range of problems
  • Practical approaches for implementing bar modelling in the maths classroom

Outline Programme:

  • Time

  • 10:00 - 10:30

    An introduction to bar modelling, its history and the evidence
  • 10:30 - 12:30

    Concrete & pictorial approaches using bar modelling
  • 12:30 - 13:00

  • 13:00 - 14:30

    Using bar modelling for advanced problems
  • 14:30 - 15:00

    The way forward - taking bar modelling back to your classroom

Course Leader - 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!

*We cannot guarantee which of the workshop leaders will run this course.

Course Leader - 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. The work was been hailed as sector leading, while attainment improved over this time. Chris is an avid reader of literature relating to mathematics education and has shared both this learning and practice from his own classroom regularly at conferences, where has been a popular speaker. Chris has appeared on recent episodes of Craig Barton’s podcast and is scheduled to appear for an extended interview in the coming year.

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 Chris is the lead of the Glasgow branch of the Association of Teachers of Mathematics (ATM), which regularly puts on events with expert speakers. Recently, reflecting his interest in effective task design, Chris launched the website which shares tasks he has written and collated from colleagues.

*We cannot guarantee which of the workshop leaders will run this course.

Locations and Dates:

  • Leeds

    Leeds City Academy (LS6 2LG)
    Friday, 28th June 2019
  • Liverpool

    Deyes High School (L31 6DE)
    Thursday, 4th July 2019

Course Fees



Subsequent delegates from the same school: £80



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