Teacher Subject Specialism Training (TSST): Secondary Maths

The SUM Centre at Haybridge

  • Are you teaching maths but not a trained maths teacher?
  • Do you want to retrain or upskill as a maths teacher from another subject?
  • Are you thinking of returning to the profession as a maths teacher?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then TSST is the course for you.

The course is fully funded and accredited by both the University of Plymouth and the Joint Mathematical Council (JMC), and you can gain Master's credits while you learn.

You will complete online learning modules which are assessed by the University of Plymouth. Alongside this you will receive training in the best ways to teach the subject from leading experts and outstanding teachers. You will also have the opportunity to observe outstanding lessons and share ideas and practice with colleagues.

The course is delivered by Haybridge Head of Maths, Jemma Sherwood and Haybridge Maths SLE, Paul Alexander.

The course contains elements of assessment on both subject knowledge and pedagogy, and you will receive a certificate at the end which will verify your new status as a teacher of mathematics. You also have the option to complete further study and gain Master's credits from Plymouth University.

Sign up now, and never feel unsure about teaching mathematics again.


The course will take you about six months. In that time you will complete an online subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) course, making sure you know all the mathematics you need to know, and you will attend five in-school days, to include training and lesson observations.

We are partnered with the Centre for Innovation in Mathematics Teaching (CIMT) at Plymouth University. The Centre has a number of years' experience in providing subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) to people wanting to teach mathematics. They provide you with a unique login to their website where you will work through lessons and complete tests aligned broadly to KS3 and KS4. The content of the courses ensures you have the necessary subject knowledge required for the new mathematics curriculum.

It is impossible to say how much time you will spend on SKE - this is completely dependent on your current level of mathematical knowledge. If you would like to take a look at what's involved visit the SKE course pages.

You will have four days at the dedicated Training Centre here at Haybridge (one per month) where we will look at elements of mathematics and pedagogy, considering what makes a maths lesson, what techniques work best, what constitutes good explanation and how students acquire mathematical understanding, as well as going over content from the online SKE as and where necessary.

Additionally, you will spend one day observing lessons at Haybridge, where you will see great maths lessons in action, and hopefully gain loads of ideas to take back with you.

On completion of the five training days and the online SKE you obtain a Certificate of Mathematical Mastery (Secondary) from Plymouth University.

Your certificate will be awarded at Pass Level (60%-74%), Merit (75%-90%) or Distinction (over 90%).

You also have the option of completing further study alongside this course to obtain up to 60 Master's credits from Plymouth University. This will be discussed further in the Introductory Meeting.


Haybridge High School has received NCTL funding to run this course, so we can provide it completely free of charge.

Plymouth University offers two 30-credit modules, and we are able to cover the cost of one of these modules if you choose to do it.

The only thing for you to be aware of is that we ask for a £200 deposit at the start of the course, which we will refund fully upon course completion. If you do not complete the course, we keep this deposit, to cover losses incurred by us.

We are running two cohorts, one starting in November, and one starting in January, and you will attend training with us on one Wednesday per month. Each training day begins with breakfast from 09:30-10:00, and training from 10:00-15:30. Each course comprises four face-to-face training days, with one day of lesson observations.

Cohort 1

Introductory Meeting at Haybridge Training Centre, date tbc.

Session 1 03/01/18
Session 2 14/02/18
Session 3 21/03/18
Session 4 02/05/18
Session 5 06/06/18 (lesson observation day)
Cohort 2

Introductory Meeting at Haybridge Training Centre, date tbc.

Session 1 07/03/18
Session 2 18/04/18
Session 3 16/05/18
Session 4 20/06/18
Session 5 11/07/18 (lesson observation day)
Cohort 3 - Intensive Summer Course

Once the exam groups have left, use your time to enhance your maths teaching on the TSST course.

Session 1 05/06/18
Session 2 15/06/18
Session 3 19/06/18
Session 4 29/06/18
Session 5 10/07/18 (lesson observation day)

Download the minimum course specification