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Getting started as a newly qualified mathematics teacher

Published: Sep 5, 2018 3 min read

Mike Anderson

Mathematics Subject Specialist

National STEM Learning Centre


If you have just started your first year of teaching, or are supporting a new teacher in your department, find out how we can help you to support Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) throughout the next academic year.

Online CPD

The STEM teaching program is a suite of free, high-impact professional development courses designed for current or trainee STEM teachers in primary and secondary schools, and sixth form and further education colleges.

The three online courses in the program have been developed with leading experts to help you understand and use a variety of techniques more effectively - Assessment for Learning, Differentiating for Learning and Managing Behaviour for Learning.

Accessible for free of charge and delivered in bite-sized chunks, our online CPD provides a flexible way to fit learning into your busy week. And as the courses progress, you’ll be encouraged to try things out in your classroom; actively reflect on what you discover; and share your experience as part of course discussions.

Upcoming online CPD…

Our Managing Behaviour for Learning CPD kicks off on 17 September 2018, although you can join in any time up until November.

Residential CPD

Here at the National STEM Learning Centre, we provide high-quality professional learning experiences that will have a real impact on your own teaching and that of your colleagues.

Our residential experience gives you the chance to network with like-minded colleagues and have that valuable time to reflect and challenge yourself and your working practices. The CPD is supported by substantial ENTHUSE bursaries, which can be accessed by teachers and technicians in state-funded schools and colleges in the UK. 

Upcoming residential CPD…

In November we will be hosting our ‘Building confidence as a newly qualified mathematics teacher’ CPD. This will consist of two residential periods to help build confidence and support you as a newly qualified mathematics teacher. We will look at questioning, promoting positive behaviour, planning for learning and ways of giving feedback that makes a difference.

"Everything was brilliant. [The sessions] were all tailored towards us and our needs and wants."

"Every session was amazing."

- Past participants, 2016

Resources and support

It can be hard to know where to start when looking for resources. Our secondary mathematics resource packages contain a selection of hand-picked resources covering all the statements in the key stage 3 and 4 programmes of study. Here you will find tried and tested classroom teaching materials including the Standards Unit materials, the Mathematics Enhancement Programme, SMILE cards, dy/dan, the Mathematics Assessment Resource Service and more.

You can find more resource and ideas in our secondary mathematics community group. The group is a place to ask questions, discuss ideas and share resources. You can also follow us on Twitter (@STEMLearningUK, @STEMLearning_MA or @SteveJLyon).