Teacher Subject Specialist Training (TSST)

Target Audience: non-specialist and returning teachers of mathematics.

Format: 6 days of face-to-face training over the course of 6 months followed by a 2-day Easter residential and supported by an online portal for sharing resources.

Aim: to improve the subject knowledge (including pedagogy) and increase the number of hours taught.

How to get involved: email to be added to our mailing list for this course.

Capacity: 40

In the South West Exeter Maths School is proud to run the Government’s proven professional development programme for non-specialist and returning teachers.  Free of charge to all state school teachers, here’s your chance to enhance your subject knowledge, explore teaching strategies and develop confidence in challenging misconceptions and building understanding in students. Applications for the 2019/20 programme will be opening shortly.

Course Summary

There are two courses available: Teaching Mathematics at Key Stage 3 and Teaching Mathematics GCSE – Higher Tier

These are comprehensive courses, each consisting of 6 one-day workshops in the autumn and spring terms, a 2-day residential during the Easter holidays and an evaluation and progress conference to complete the course. Guided lesson planning and mentor support, along with online learning resources, will provide participants with the tools needed to sustain progress once the course is completed.

A broad range of topics will be covered including Applications of Mathematics and developing problem solving. Successful applicants will be sent a questionnaire before the course commences, asking them to provide input with regards to key areas that they would like covered; this will ensure that a relevant, tailored programme is delivered. There will also be time to reflect, evaluate and feedback between sessions to ensure that every individual’s needs are met.

Optional Masters Credits

Participants will have the option to accrue up to 60 Masters credits through Exeter University on completion of up to two Masters level modules that can be cashed in or combined with further modules to achieve a masters-level qualification in mathematics teaching.


The course is free of charge to participants from the state sector that have the support of their school and are committed to attending the full course

Additional Support

We recognise that 6 days out of school equates to a lot of cover. Whilst we are unable to meet this cost in full, our funding enables us to make a contribution towards it: depending upon the number of participants this will be in the region of £300 per teacher for the full course.


Exeter Mathematics School, Rougemont House, Castle Street, Exeter, EX4 3PU


Weds 13th November 2019 Day 1 1000 – 1530
Thurs 5th December 2019 Day 2 1000 – 1530
Weds 22nd January 2020 Day 3 1000 – 1530
Weds 12th February 2020 Day 4 1000 – 1530
Friday 6th March 2020 Day 5 1000 – 1530
Friday 1st May 2020 Day 6 1000 – 1530
Mon 30th – Tues 31st March 2020 Easter residential TBC
Tues 7th July 2020 PhysMaths conference 0915 – 1545

Application Form

The application form will be posted here shortly.  In the meantime, please email to register your interest.

PhysMATHS Conference – Thursday 11th July

Target Audience: non-specialist and returning teachers of mathematics.

Format: one day conference held at EMS and our beautiful neighbour, Exeter Castle.  Delegates select workshops, free lunch!

Aim: to provide on-going support and inspiration for non-specialist teachers.

How to get involved: book online here.

Capacity: 90

Further info:  Maths Ad 2019

Mathematics Teachers’ Network – sponsored by The Advanced Mathematics Support Programme (AMSP)

Target Audience: teachers of KS4 and KS5 students.

Format: twilight workshops and networking once a term.

Aim: to support collaboration between KS4 and KS5 teachers of mathematics.

How to get involved: You can email to be added to our mailing list or click on the event you are interested in for a booking link.

Capacity: 40


Exeter Teacher Network is an AMSP-funded project, allowing teachers of maths to meet, collaborate and to share best practice. We meet termly and the programme is mainly speaker-led training events and may include informal sessions.


  • Review of the 2018 A level and Core Maths Exams
  • A tour of the new AMSP events booking system
  • Upcoming events
  • AOB


The main focus of this network meeting is to provide teachers with a chance to explore and consider how the changes in the new A level syllabus have impacted on the the A level assessments. We will be examining a selection of key questions from last summer’s examinations and considering the implications for our teaching of A level mathematics and how to best prepare our students for this summer’s examinations. We will also be taking a look at last summer’s Core Maths results, looking at variations between exam boards and thinking about planning for the future.

How to sign up

Click here to register your place

Mathematics Association / Association of Teachers of Mathematics joint meetings

Target Audience: teachers and maths professionals.

Format: twilight workshops and networking once a term.

Aim: to share cool maths and provide networking and professional development opportunities for teachers of mathematics.

How to get involved: to sign up to the mailing list for this group, email Richard Perring:

Capacity: 40

Loughborough University’s Colin Foster (@ColinFoster77 on Twitter) who you may know from his many publications, from the mathematical etudes website or the mathematical beginnings website or from his podcast with Craig Barton.

The content of the session is still to be confirmed, but it’s worth getting the date in your diary now!

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