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This course trains teaching assistants to deliver the hugely successful [email protected] intervention to small groups of children in Years 2 to 7 who need a helping hand with mathematics. High-quality training enables them to deliver the intervention effectively and to strengthen their support for mathematics across the school. Over 4,000 teaching assistants have already been trained and have supported children to make over 10 months of progress in less than 3 months.

(Duration: 7 half days across two terms)

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This course trains teaching assistants to deliver the hugely successful 1st[email protected] intervention to small groups of children in Years 2 to 7 who need a helping hand with mathematics. High-quality training enables them to deliver the intervention effectively and to strengthen their support for mathematics across the school.

There are two versions of the intervention, each with its own course:

1st[email protected] is for children who are at about NC Level 1C, most often in Y2 or Y3

1st[email protected] 2 is for children who are at about NC Level 2C, most often in Y3 or Y4 but also very effective up to Y7

A teaching assistant or a teacher delivers 24 to 30 half-hour lessons to a group of up to 4 children.  The lessons focus on number and calculation, developing children’s numeracy and communication skills whilst developing their mathematical thinking.  A Post Office theme engages children in real life scenarios that build confidence and provide stimulating, fun activities.

It all comes ‘ready-made’ with detailed plans and extensive resources.  For added flexibility, each unit of 6 lessons starts with a familiarisation activity that helps the teaching assistant to tailor the lessons to the children’s needs.

 “This is the best programme we have ever had for teaching assistants. It was not only effective but children gained an enthusiasm for their maths work.”

Niki di Palma, Deputy Head Teacher, Redlands PS, Tower Hamlets

A 7 half-day training course for teaching assistants includes:

  • developing the TA’s own understanding of mathematics
  • how the intervention works
  • delivering it to children who struggle with mathematics
  • liaison with the children’s class teacher

Two half-days of training for a school link teacher include:

  • managing 1st[email protected] effectively
  • assessing children’s progress
  • evaluating the outcomes of 1st[email protected]

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