The Primary Advantage Maths programme is designed to support schools leaders in building upon good practice in their schools to ensure maths teaching and learning is of the highest quality and all children make at least good progress.
The PA Maths planning document, resources and training package was developed by a group of practising teachers from the PA Federation several years ago and continues to be rooted in current research based practice in mathematics teaching and learning, and is closely aligned to current and best practice from the NCETM. Our approach aims to develop children’s conceptual understanding and skills proficiency and is underpinned by a strong commitment to problem solving, reasoning and fluency.
By engaging with the PA Maths Programme, schools are demonstrating a commitment to upskill teachers in subject knowledge and pedagogy to take ownership of their maths planning and classes, whatever other material and schemes they might follow in a school. By joining PA Maths you will share the values that underpin it, namely the belief that primary mathematics is a crucial phase in laying the foundations for lifelong numeracy skills. This drives the focus on conceptual understanding, skills proficiency, problem solving, reasoning and fluency which comprises the PA Maths Programme.
Through sharing our experiences with the wider primary community through the PA Maths Programme, we hope to make a positive contribution towards maths teaching and learning. Primary Advantage Maths has been used by over 100 primary schools, in Hackney, across London and beyond.
“We relaunched PA Maths in our school this year and the training and CPD opportunities have been brilliant. As a new lead practitioner, I found the Core Training extremely helpful and the resources available have been useful for me to adapt when training staff in school.
We also had Sarah Mather in school to carry out a whole school staff training as well as a bespoke review/workshop day. Sarah spent time with all staff across the school to address topics specific to their cohort. As part of the day, she also carried out a book look with myself, from which we were able to put in place changes that have made a great impact across the school. Staff left feeling more confident with delivering Math lessons for a Mastery curriculum. Thank you PA Maths!”
Jana Murray, Lead Practitioner for Maths – Lime Academy Larkswood
Schools new to the PA Maths programme will receive the materials and Core Training to get them started when they join as a PA Maths Member.
Schools that already use the PA Maths programme but have new Maths Leads or practitioners who would like to find out more about the programme’s rationale can also request the Core Training materials by way of re-booting the approach in their schools.
All schools in addition to the Core Training have access to book teachers onto on range of PA Maths CPD – please see our other pages for details.
Please note to keep costs to schools down and provide flexibility the Core Training detailed below is now available in recorded sessions for schools to use at their convenience. If schools wish to book any of the core training as in person or online inset training this is an option too, and schools can contact us for costs and availability. We are happy to tailor the programme so that it works for your school in the best way.