Bar Modelling


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 twilight 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. We will look at basic number problems, fractions, decimals, percentages, solving equations and simultaneous equations amongst many other ideas.

Example Programme

  • 16:00   Using Bar Modelling for Number, Fractions, Percentages and Decimals
  • 17:00   Using bar modelling to support problem solving and algebra
  • 18:00   Finish

You will leave the course with...

  • Deep understanding of using bar modelling to teach across the age and attainment range.
  • How to teach for remembering and learning rather than instantaneous performance.
  • 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.

This course is appropriate for...

  • Primary, Secondary and FE Teachers
  • Non Specialists
  • Newly Qualified Teachers
  • 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:

  • Motherwell

    Brannock High School (ML1 5AU)

    Thursday, 24th October 2019

Course Fees

£50 / 40

First Attendee / Subsequent Attendees



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