Literacy for Maths - Dulwich

secondary boys and teacher

Literacy has historically been seen as a less significant contributing factor to achievement in mathematics in comparison to other subjects. However, with changes to GCSE exam specifications, and the styles of assessment in 2010 and more recently in 2016, literacy in the context of learning maths has become a more significant indicator of success.

This half-day course will help teachers meet the literacy demands of mathematics.

You will:

  • Understand the specific literacy skills required for pupils to achieve in mathematics: Decode and understand problems which involve large amounts of text
  • Demonstrate the effectiveness of carefully constructed classroom activities: Develop students' understanding of mathematical concepts through talk
  • Develop a toolkit of strategies and resources to develop literacy for mathematics in the classroom: Support students to construct clear responses to multi-stage problems and questions which require reasoning and explanation.
  • Understand the role of vocabulary acquisition in responding to mathematical problems: Enable students to engage with key vocabulary and associated words in a meaningful way.

Course structure

Introduction: objectives and outcomes of the training

  • What do we mean by literacy in mathematics?


  • Learn how to effectively decode questions.
  • "Warming up the text" - find the right information to help solve the mathematical problem

Mathematical talk

  • What are the ground rules for mathematical talking?
  • Understand the importance of collaborative learning


  • "ABCD explain" - turning talk into writing
  • Learn about the importance of drafting and redrafting


  • Explore the use of word games as an aid to students trying out different words
  • Understand the importance of context
  • Word families: explore common word roots as a means to helping students make connections


£125 for the first delegate per school and £75 for each additional delegate.

Delegates are entitled to a £25 discount per school, which will be deducted when we process your order.

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