INSET and Twilight Training

I am currently running bespoke training events with schools and organisations, both online and in-person. Full details, including information about costs, is given below. To book an event, request more information or schedule a phone call to discuss options for CPD, please email Bespoke prices can be given to larger clusters of schools who wish to organise an event.

INSET and twilight training, run by Gareth Metcalfe, gives teachers the knowledge, ideas and resources to build a rich, effective maths curriculum. An emphasis is placed on how reasoning and problem-solving can be put at the heart of mathematics. Training is interactive, grounded in research and very practical. Sessions are planned in consultation with school leaders to meet the specific needs of the school, usually being built around these themes:

Developing Reasoning Routines: we explore how mathematical reasoning can be embedded at all phases of learning, including during interactive whole-class teaching and in early knowledge acquisition, so that all children reason mathematically. A range of techniques are shared for spotting key differences between examples and addressing misconceptions. We consider how equipment and images can be used throughout the school to support reasoning. Then, a range of strategies for building reasoning into daily lessons using the I See Reasoning eBooks are shared. This includes how variation can be used to highlight patterns and how opportunities can be provided for children to work at greater depth within yeargroup expectations.

Building Problem-Solvers: we explore how to introduce problem-solving so that all children think about the deep structure of a problem and to build understanding in coherent steps. We will explain how 'Slow Reveal' questions and carefully constructed sequences of tasks can be used. We also see how, by using sequences of challenges, all children can have success as problem-solvers and make connections between their mathematical experiences. We will see how the I See Problem-Solving and the Deconstructing Word Questions resources can be used to build children as problem-solvers.

Understanding in Early Number: building the counting and quantity recognition skills that enable children to become fluent with number. We explore how equipment and images can be used to build number skills as well as how spatial reasoning can be developed, laying the foundations for long-term success. This aspect of training can be delivered to all staff or delivered to EYFS staff specifically using a series of recorded training videos and activities.

To find out more or to make a booking, email

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