Teacher Subject Specialist Training (TSST)

We are pleased to be offering FREE TSST Courses in:

  • Teaching Key Stage 3 Mathematics successfully (up to and including Foundation Tier GCSE)
  • Teaching Core Mathematics successfully (Core Mathematics is a level 3 qualification)

The purpose of teacher subject specialism training (TSST)
To improve the mathematics subject knowledge of non-specialist teachers by offering school led teacher subject specialism training (TSST) opportunities.
This includes non-specialist teachers who could potentially teach mathematics in addition to their main subject, teachers who want to retrain as mathematics teachers and colleagues of any specialism intending to return to the profession.

Course Aims
Both courses will ensure that participants:

  • fully understand what it means to do and learn mathematics;
  • understand the value of teaching through problem solving;
  • understand the difference between teaching for problem solving and teaching through problem solving;
  • improve their own mathematical knowledge by solving problems;
  • are inspired and enthused about teaching Mathematics;
  • receive ongoing pedagogical advice and support for teaching effectively
  • receive a bank of motivating introductory activities, tasks and presentations for teaching mathematics through problem solving;
  • develop the capacity to plan problem solving lessons that drive learning from the known to the unknown;
  • will understand how assessment can be used to drive learning.

In addition, participants in the Secondary Mathematics course will:

  • gain enhanced mathematical knowledge, giving confidence to teach up to and including Foundation Level GCSE Mathematics;

participants in the Core Mathematics course will:

  • fully understanding the rationale behind teaching Core Maths at Level 3;
  • gain enhanced mathematical knowledge, giving confidence to teach Core Mathematics at Level 3


There will be a series of six two-hour workshops for each course tailored to meet the needs of the participants with additional resources available online, to support self-directed study at home in between sessions. There will also be opportunities for one to one mentoring, joint lesson planning, classroom observations and teaching practice if appropriate.

The workshops will enable participants to focus on the use of problem solving as an important teaching and learning strategy for mathematics. There will be an emphasis on learning mathematics by doing mathematics.

How to get involved

To register your interest, or to receive further information, please email Lizzie Gibson (gibsonl@bishopluffa.org.uk)

Please complete the attached application form