Highly Impactful Mathematics Lessons - Maximising Learning in the Mathematics Classroom


This course focuses on the idea of a learning episode, as opposed to discrete lessons. We will explore how we can plan to teach topics over the medium and long term, rather than looking at short term results. This session draws upon a range of evidence to discuss how we can improve the quality of direct teaching and how to use inquiry teaching effectively. We will also explore how to develop problem solving and mathematical thinking.


In this workshop, we will explore a range of effective practices in mathematics teaching including:

  • The phasing model of Teach-Do-Practise-Behave
  • Variation theory
  • Direct instruction
  • Using tests as learning rather than performance measuring
  • Using big themes in the mathematics classroom
  • Appropriate mathematical inquiry

Example Programme

  • 10:00   The balance of Direct and Inquiry teaching
  • 10:30   The phasing model for planning learning episodes
  • 11:30   Improving Direct teaching
  • 12:30   Lunch
  • 13:00   Improving understanding and teaching problem solving
  • 15:00   Finish

You will leave the course with...

  • An understanding of the principles for effective planning of learning episodes.
  • How to teach for remembering and learning rather than instantaneous performance.
  • A variety of ideas and principles to enhance the quality of teaching across the curriculum.

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 https://chrismcgrane.blogspot.com/. Recently, reflecting his interest in effective task design, Chris launched the website http://startingpointsmaths.blogspot.com/ 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:

  • TBA

Course Fees

£140 / 80

First Attendee / Subsequent Attendees



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