National Strategies Secondary Maths Collection – Professional Development Materials

TES Secondary maths resource collections

Collection Author: Craig Barton - Maths AST and creator of (TES Name: mrbartonmaths)

Electronic copies of the excellent resources from the Improving Learning in Mathematics, otherwise known as the Standards Units. If you haven’t used these before, they are definitely worth a look, and if you haven’t used them for a while, they are definitely worth a second look! This collection is aimed at helping you (and your maths department as a whole) take a focused approach to professional development and active learning in the classroom. There are some excellent resources in here!

PD1 - Getting started

To encourage participants to:

  • reflect on their current assumptions, beliefs, and teaching practices;
  • consider the aims of the approaches in this resource;
  • begin exploring ways in which learners might become more actively engaged in their own learning.

PD2 - Learning from mistakes and misconceptions

To encourage participants to:

  • reflect on the nature and causes of learners’ mistakes and misconceptions;
  • consider ways in which we might use these mistakes and misconceptions constructively to promote learning.

PD3 - Looking at learning activities

To encourage participants to:

  • explore the five different types of mathematical activity contained in the resource.
  1. Classifying mathematical objects: reflecting on the properties of mathematical objects; sameness and difference; definitions.
  2. Interpreting multiple representations: interpreting concepts from a variety of perspectives; making links.
  3. Evaluating mathematical statements: testing generalisations, generating examples and counterexamples.
  4. Creating problems: creative thinking, ‘doing and undoing’ mathematical processes.
  5. Analysing reasoning and solutions: comparing different methods for doing problems, organising solutions and/ or diagnosing the causes of errors in solutions.

PD4 - Managing discussion

To encourage participants to:

  • experience discussion of mathematics;
  • reflect on how discussion can be used to promote learning; explore the characteristics of purposeful discussion;
  • explore the management skills that are needed to implement purposeful discussion.

PD5 - Developing questioning

To encourage participants to reflect on:

  • the reasons for questioning;
  • some ways of making questioning more effective;
  • the different types of ‘thinking questions’ that may be asked in mathematics.

PD6 - Using formative assessment

To encourage participants to reflect on:

  • the reasons for assessment;
  • the differences between formative and summative assessment;
  • some difficulties commonly experienced with formative assessment;
  • alternative methods for formative assessment;
  • the type and quality of feedback given to learners;
  • the implications that assessment has for teaching.


TES Secondary maths teaching resources