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

Course Leader - Gordon Brough

Gordon entered the world of teaching as a mature entrant in 1990 and is now an integral part of the La Salle Education team, working with schools across the country as part of Complete Mathematics.

He has worked in 9 schools full time. He was Head of Maths in 4 schools and an Assistant Headteacher in 1 school. His experience was gained in schools in Essex, Havering, Knowsley, Liverpool and Thurrock.

In all of the schools that he worked in Gordon improved the results in Maths, often achieving the best ever results in the history of the school.

He has trained PGCE students and always developed teachers and their leadership skills. Gordon took a spell out of teaching and he trained as an Executive and Business Coach with the Institute of Leadership and Management.

Locations and Dates:


London, BSix Brooke House, Sixth Form College, E5 8BP

Leeds, Quaker Meeting House, 188 Woodhouse Lane, LS2 9DX


Wednesday 27 September

Friday 29 September

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 Fees



Subsequent delegates from the same school: £80



All Complete Mathematics members benefit from free access to courses and conferences from La Salle Education
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