Improving learning and teaching at National 5


This course examines a range of evidence informed approaches to enhance the effectiveness of teaching at National 5 level. In particular we will look at:

-> Didactics and pedagogy for topics which pupils find problematic.

-> Developing the mathematician instead of “covering” the mathematics.

-> How we can use variation theory to create appropriate question sequences.

-> The importance of multiple representations and CPA.

-> Lessons from cognitive science and how these can be applied to enhance retention.

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.

Locations and Dates:

  • Glasgow

    Venue TBA

    Tuesday, 24th September 2019

Course Fees



After the first delegate, any subsequent delegates are only charged £80



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

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