Using Manipulatives and Pictures in the Mathematics Classroom


Manipulatives are a powerful tool to help students get to grips with mathematical concepts. Pictures and diagrams help bridge the gap between the concrete and algebraic representations ensuring a deep understanding of the maths.


This exciting and hands on course will explore a wide range of manipulatives from the cheap and versatile double sided counters through to geoboards and the hugely powerful Cuisenaire rods.

Example Programme

  • 10:00   Intro to the CPAL model
  • 11:00   Double sided counters and multilinks
  • 12:30   Lunch
  • 13:00   Geometry and Geoboards
  • 14:00   Cuisenaire and Bar Modelling
  • 15:00   Finish

You will leave the course with...

  • An expert introduction to a wide range of manipulatives and their potential uses.
  • A clear, coherent exit strategy to move from concrete, to pictorial and abstract representation.
  • An appreciating of how manipulatives can enable all pupils to engage with and succeed in maths lessons.

This course is appropriate for...

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

  • Inverness

    Inverness Royal Academy (IV2 6RE)

    Wednesday, 3rd June 2020

Course Fees

£140 / 80

First Attendee / Subsequent Attendees



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