Current Opportunities

Festival of Triangles

Maths Month 2020 invites Teachers to attend A FREE Teacher Training Day with supply cover provided*

Monday 10th February 2020, 9am – 3pm at the Downe Arms, Wykeham, Scarborough

What is the Festival of Triangles?

Join us to discover how to make a whole school maths event happen in your school! Created for primary schools, Festival of Triangles is a triangle themed maths week. It involves a series of fun classroom based activities, culminating in an after school or weekend community finale event to which parents, carers, children and teachers are invited. At the finale event, children’s work is assembled into a giant mathematical structure, while parents and children carry out more exciting and creative maths activities.

The Festival of Triangles is an ideal way to celebrate Maths Month 2020 taking place across the coast in March. Find out more at:

During the training you will find out how to market the festival, gather evidence and feedback and evaluate the festival in relation to your own school targets. You will go away with an instruction booklet, a completed planning timeline, a plan for your event set-up and a completed outline activity plan for your maths week.

To book a place or for further information, please contact

*Supply cover equates to £200 per qualified teacher, £100 per unqualified teacher/support staff, £250 per SLE

Maths Boxes

We have funded a series of Maths Boxes, each box has a theme and includes a number of resources/manipulatives that you can use in the classroom.

The boxes are available to borrow for half a term and are based around the following themes:

Box 1 – Subitising/numbers to 20

Box 2 – Place Value

Box 3 – Addition and Subtraction

Box 4 – Multiplication and Division

Box 5 – Ratio and Proportion

Box 6 – Geometry/Shape

Box 7 – Measuring

Box 8 – Fractions

Box 9 – Algebra

Box 10 – Volume

There is full set located in both Scarborough & Whitby to enable more schools to make use of this fabulous set of resources. Boxes are available now, please let us know if you would like to borrow one.

Please send requests to for Scarborough & Filey or Marian Buckle for Whitby.

Research School Conference 2020

Research School Conference

Monday 6th January 2020 (PD day) – West Cliff School, Whitby 9:15-3:00

Confirmed speakers are: –

Alex Quigley – Senior associate at Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and author of the blog, ‘The Confident Teacher’.

Igraine Rhodes – EEF regional lead for London and East of England. Iggy worked extensively on the EEF Behaviour Guidance report

Silke Gobel – Associate Professor/Senior lecturer – University of York Psychology Department – Numerical Cognition

Alicia Shaw – Institute for Effective Education (IEE) – Alicia will be sharing her thoughts re teacher-led evaluation, covering why teachers should think about evaluating their practice

Andrew Dougherty – Chartered College of Teaching – Andrew will be discussing how to engage with research for impact in the classroom

Jonny Uttley – CEO Education Alliance – Jonny will be discussing Ethical Leadership

More speakers will be confirmed over the next few weeks

As part of the day we would like to invite colleagues to share findings from projects that they have developed or delivered in school – this would be a 10 minutes informal round table talk to small groups (this could be around transition, parental engagement, wellbeing, staffing, curriculum, collaborative work etc.). If you or someone in school could contribute to this session, please contact:

Tickets for this event are only £20pp – including lunch – and bookings are now been taken.

Please email Kate Towse: or call Kate Towse on 01944 768238 to reserve your places.

Current Opportunities

Early years

Fully funded 6 week CPD course available to early years practitioners and reception class TAs

The course is based on the Sustained Shared Thinking and Emotional Wellbeing (SSTEW) framework, recommended by professionals as one of the most effective tools to help practitioners to structure high quality interactions with children. The programme will equip practitioners with the skills and confidence to strike an effective balance between child-led and adult directed learning.

The course will combine theory sessions taught by experienced tutors from Coventry University’s Faculty of Education with two placement days, where practitioners can put their learning into practice. The first placement day will be held at Childhaven Community Nursery School, an Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ nursery school with expertise in delivering the SSTEW framework. For the second placement, the course organisers will pair up practitioners and fund them to host each other at their settings.  This will provide an opportunity to observe more good practice, and offer reciprocal feedback.

All taught sessions will be delivered in the evening to avoid the need for supply cover, and the Opportunity Area will fund supply cover for the two placement days.  On completion of the course, practitioners will receive a Coventry University-endorsed certificate of achievement.

The course is due to start on 1st October, taught session and placement details are below:



Location Date


1 Coventry University, Scarborough campus Tuesday 1st October 18:00-20:00
2 Coventry University, Scarborough campus Tuesday 8th October 18:00-20:00

Placement day at Childhaven Community Nursery School  (w/c 14th October)

4 Coventry University, Scarborough campus Tuesday 22nd October 18:00-20:00

Placement day at partner setting organised by course leaders (w/c 11th November)

6 Coventry University, Scarborough campus Tuesday 19th November 18:00-20:00


Over twenty practitioners signed up to the first round of this course delivered in June, their feedback has been unanimously positive:

“I loved this course. It was very well delivered; each person provided something different and brilliant”

“Really useful to work alongside and learn alongside a range of other roles and settings”

“It has been great to visit Childhaven, to see the setting in action!”

If you would like to nominate yourself or someone from your setting to complete the course, please reply to this email with their name and email address. The deadline for signing up is Monday 30th September.


Third round of the transition project

The third round of the transition project will start on 16th October. The project aims to support transition between key stage 2 and key stage 3 to ensure primary and secondary schools have a shared understanding of the common areas that children struggle with in maths and where there are common strengths.

For more information, or to sign up to the project, please contact


Coming soon…

Early Years Maths Mastery course will be running in September; details will be published on the website shortly.



Speech, Language and Communication

Early years settings are invited to nominate a strong practitioner to undertake the level 3 qualification ‘Supporting Children and Young People’s Speech, Language and Communication’.

This fully-funded qualification is delivered through an online platform and is endorsed by the Communication Trust. It aims to boost practitioners’ knowledge and skills in observing and recognising stages of development in speech, language and communication, and identifying children experiencing difficulties.  Settings who received the email invitation have until 1st February to nominate a practitioner to undertake the training.

Contact if of interest