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Tailored consultancy support to develop mathematical problem-solving in real-life contexts.

Talk4Maths Course

Talk4Maths is a two half-day course – with an in-school gap task.  A one-day version has also been developed and has been successfully delivered to School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) providers. Families of schools may consider accessing Talk4Maths through delivery of a one day course – with one of the represented schools hosting.

This is an interactive course that reinforces the importance of talk in developing children’s problem-solving skills. Problem-solving should be more than just word problems and this course will provide you with practical ideas/approaches to develop problem-solving in its broadest sense.

Participants will receive a collection of useful practical resources including Interactive White Board slides for investigations.  These resources will be forwarded electronically once the training has been completed.

The course will look at Speaking and Listening techniques and link these to reasoning, enquiry, ‘creating a picture’ (representing) and communicating under the broader problem-solving heading. Our ‘impact’ section below will let you know what three of our recent participants thought to the course.

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Talk4Maths Participant Feedback

'Thank you so much for an excellent tutorial. I can't wait to deliver this training.'

'Great resources...I'm looking forward to sharing Talk 4 Maths with others too.'

'I really appreciated the online training as it gave me new ideas, reinforced strategies...and gave me an opportunity to be reflective.'

'Thanks for delivering such an interesting session.'

‘An inspired scrutiny of whole-school applications and opportunities to develop using and applying through speaking and listening.’ 

‘The aims of the course were very clearly achieved.’ 

‘I have a much clearer understanding of how to use and apply…and how to use talk to embed problem-solving.’ 

The T.E.C.C. Model for word problems – ‘Our School Improvement Partner (Local Authority Education Officer) thought that the T.E.C.C. was the best word problem solving technique she had seen.’ (Primary School Head teacher, W Yorkshire)

For more information about our Mathematics Approaches, contact our lead Mathematics consultant Sam Adams at