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The Herts for Learning maths experts have designed an easy to pick up and use set of sequences with step by step guidance covering the entire mathematics curriculum from Year 1 to Year 6.  Designed to support teachers, the planning includes examples of how concrete and pictorial representations can benefit pupils’ learning as well as other mastery techniques. The new ESSENTIALmaths planning tool has a wealth of ideas to deepen and extend mathematical thinking for all learners.


The RAF youth engagement activity has been expanded with curriculum-based STEM days at schools across the United Kingdom. The wider programme includes robotics competitions, residential courses for girls and the sponsorship of a new Scouts badge.

The aim behind all of this is to encourage the further study of maths and science and to use the unique opportunity of our centenary to inspire the aviators, astronauts, engineers and cyber specialists of the future.

If you are interested in taking advantage of this resource visit:


Singapore Maths Teaching for Mastery: Bar Modelling - Thursday 9 November 9am to 12pm

The Bar method provides children with a proven flexible visual model which they instinctively understand and not only puts them in control of routine and non-routine problems building their confidence and creating a 'can do' attitude but also deepens their operational understanding.

This half day session is for teachers who already use and want to deepen their knowledge, understanding and teaching ability of the Bar Method, one of the key principles of Singapore maths. It will build upon the previous session to ensure you are on the path to maths mastery success.

To book please visit:

Training Cost: 95 (80*) members/ 110 (95*) non-members


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Five Year Maths Progression Pathway

The pathway has been produced to help secondary schools plan the progression of their students in mathematics from Year 7 through to Year 11. The curriculum is broken down into easy-to-understand descriptors, graded from 1 to 9. Each descriptor links to a more detailed page in which it is broken down into simpler steps, with exemplar questions/problems of the type students might be expected to solve.

  • Teacher tracking and target setting tool
  • Assessment objectives tracked for progression using the new GCSE 1 – 9 scale
  • Can be applied to any school assessment system to specify progress in maths across Key Stage 3 and 4.
  • Supports schools in planning and assessing progression
  • Created using the KS3 and KS4 national curriculum
  • Uses DfE guidelines
  • Aligned to blooms taxonomy; for example, ‘understanding’ or 'applying’
  • Useful for KS3 and/or KS4 or as a set of detailed progression stages

HfL online shopTo buy the maths progression pathway please visit the Herts for Learning online shop


Mental Maths


The national curriculum programme of study for mathematics is very light on the detail needed to develop mental mathematics, yet this is a fundamental skill and a cornerstone of pupils’ ability to be flexible and adaptable with their numbers.


The primary mathematics team at Herts for Learning is working extensively to supports schools to put the detail back into the curriculum offer and to ensure that pupils build these essential skills in a progressive and secure way.


Mental fluency is the key to success and is so much more than just what pupils can hold in their heads.  This new video, Mental Fluency in Mathematics, is one of the tools developed specifically to help schools consider the elements needed to embed this into their classrooms and ensure pupils approach their mathematics with confidence and flexibility.



Please provide feedback to help us improve our future video productions.


In addition to the video, a number of training courses are running across the autumn term to support staff in this area.


In addition, further information can be found in the blog post below.



For further information on the content of the video or on any of the related training courses, please contact