Research & Innovation Work Groups

Research & Innovation Work Groups


SEND Mathematics (Primary, Secondary & Post 16)

This academic year in particular, it is important that we have workgroups focussing on SEND. Pupils with special needs, including SEMH are already more likely to be behind others of their age due to greater absence school. Covid-19 has lengthened these young peoples’ school absence. Students with SEND are more likely to have had to self-isolate during the pandemic and many have not yet returned despite the special schools/alternative provisions remaining open. Where special school/alternative provision teachers are delivering online, the correct use of representations can aid these young people in understanding the mathematics better. Online teaching will be considered and discussed in this work group. 

Participants will be part of a group that specifically focuses on SEND pupils. The group will reduce professional isolation, increase their understanding of Teaching for Mastery, share ideas and resources as well as upskilling themselves to confidently teach mathematics.


Start date postponed until March.

Wed 24th March, 2pm - 5pm

Wed 21st April, 2pm - 5pm

Wed 19th May, 2pm - 5pm

Wed 9th June, 2pm - 5pm






Covid Recovery Times Table Intervention for Year 4 and Year 5

Prior to lockdown the EPI Education in England Annual Report 2019, highlighted the growing gap in disadvantaged attainment. It is expected that this gap will have widened considerably as a result of the disproportionate effect of lockdown on disadvantaged families.  

The work group will strengthen staff’s knowledge and understanding of the newly published NCETM Ready-to-Progress criteria for KS1 and lower KS2, and the links across the whole primary maths curriculum with a focus on becoming fluent in core times tables facts in Y4 and Y5.  


Fri 15th Jan, 9 - 10.30am

Fri 29th Jan, 9am - 12.30pm

Fri 12th Mar, 9am - 12.30pm

Fri 30th Apr, 9am - 12.30pm





Bridging Gaps in Number: support for NQT to bridge the gap for disadvantaged children (Primary)
The context for this Work Group is the large increase in the number of children returning to school post Covid-lockdown with significant attainment gaps in maths. The recent EEF report into the impact of Covid on the attainment gap experienced by disadvantaged children reports that, “School closures are likely to reverse progress made to close the gap in the last decade since 2011” and that “Sustained support will be needed to help disadvantaged pupils catch up.”  The focus will be on diagnosing 'gaps' and using assessment to design appropriate tasks and activities.



Tues 19th Jan, 9am - 12.30pm

Tues 2nd Mar, 9am - 12.30pm

Tues 20th Apr, 9am - 12.30pm

Tues 8th June, 9am - 12.30pm