Creating real writers and real mathematicians

Facilitators: Gill Haysham and Jonathan Bond

Who are real writers and real mathematicians and what do they do? What are the ‘tools’ and core skills that writers and mathematicians routinely use? How can we deepen thinking in writing and maths? How can we apply this understanding to raising attainment for our learners, enabling them to flourish as writers and mathematicians?

Programme Aims: 

  • To develop positive attitudes in maths and writing
  • To deepen subject knowledge and understanding in maths and writing
  • To deepen pupils’ thinking in maths and writing
  • To create a deeper curriculum that connects learning

Following on from the very successful experience of the first cohort in 2017/18, we are delighted to be able to offer CTSA member schools the opportunity to bid to be part of the second cohort for this fully funded programme for 2018-19.

Places are available for 12 schools – 2 members of staff from each.

The programme consists of the following :

  • 4 central training days for 2 people from each school.
  • 3 half day planning workshops to support application via lesson study
  • Engagement in lesson study and action research in school around a personalised focus
  • 1 day focused on impact tracking
  • A presentation day where each school will present the outcomes of their focused research and development.
  • Opportunities to engage in collaborative learning, reflection and practice sharing with colleagues.

The programme runs from October 2018 – July 2019. Specific dates of training days and planning workshops will be available on the CTSA website.

An article that was written about cohort 1 for the CTSA website and explains more about the programme is also attached.

There is no cost to schools for this programme which, if charged, would cost at least £1000 per school (schools will need to cover supply costs).

How to bid

Bids should be submitted in writing (approx. 350 – 500 words) and should include the following:

  • Reasons for the schools’ interest in the programme
  • Links to current school development priorities
  • The names of the teachers who will be involved in the programme, with brief details of their experience and role in school.
  • How the school will ensure that they have the capacity to fully engage with and benefit from the programme.


Bids will be considered against the following criteria:

  • The potential benefit to the schools is clear and relevant and the nominated teachers meet the criteria below
  • Evidence of the commitment of leadership to the programme and to supporting the teacher(s) involved

In making the decision to apply, and in formulating bids, schools should take into account the following:

  • Schools need to nominate two full time teachers in KS1 or KS2, who should not be NQTs, and are at least ‘good’ overall in their teaching of English and maths.
  • These teachers should be unencumbered by other commitments that would affect their involvement in the project e.g. SATs preparation. Therefore, they might come from years 1, 3, 4 and 5. 
  • These teachers must commit to attending all sessions throughout the year
  • Lesson study is involved in this project. Participants must be released to observe their partner teach on two occasions per term. 
  • This project is designed to challenge some common assumptions in the teaching and learning of writing and maths. Participants should be open-minded and be ready to expand their pedagogy of teaching. They should be positive and critical thinkers and be willing (and supported) to trial new ideas.
  • They should have the freedom and flexibility to trial these different approaches and not be restricted by existing whole school practices
  • Participants will be expected to present their findings to other teachers at the end of the project

Priority will be given to schools who have not engaged with the programme in cohort 1. However cohort 1 schools are welcome to bid to take part in cohort 2 if they are able to present a clear rationale for applying again e.g. significant staff changes.

Bids should be sent to by 16 July 2018.

Successful schools will be notified by the end of term.


Thank you.