How to Really Teach Times Tables so that Children Understand Them (& Preparing for the MTC)

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This two part course will look at researched backed approaches to the teaching & learning of times tables, including brain plasticity and the difference between memorization and automaticity. It includes practical approaches that can be directly applied back in the classroom and support both a whole school approach & policy development. The second part of the course will include further challenge and reasoning and look at the administration of the MTC in year 4.


Why should I attend?

 The national curriculum states that times tables need to be taught from years 2 to year 4. However, most teachers have not had an opportunity to explore or implement practical research backed approaches.

Whilst this course will support teachers and children in preparing for the MTC in year 4, it is also aimed at ALL teachers, including SEN teachers, those in upper KS2 and even secondary maths teachers who want to know how to support those children that have struggled under historical conventional methods.

The maths leader should also attend so that they can oversee a whole school approach & the policy development.

What will the course cover?

  • Research and theoretical approaches* to the teaching and learning of times tables, understanding and applying the difference between memorization and automaticity& brain plasticity. (*Dr Jenny Fields, Prof Jo Boaler, Prof. Anne Watson, John Mason, Fosnot & Dolk and the OECD.)
  • How to use perceptual and systematic variation in lesson design
  • How to use a range of resources to develop conceptual understanding
  • A range of strategies, games and activities to support learning
  • How to develop a whole school approach and policy
  • Implications of the MTC
  • How to support parents
  • Participants will receive a free games pack

Who should attend?

  • Middle Leader
  • Head of Department
  • Subject Lead/Coordinator
  • Teacher
  • Teaching/Learning Support Assistant
  • ECT




Pay-as-you-go: £115

CPD Package: No charge



Booking confirmation including access information and important pre-course information will be sent to you upon booking.

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Contact information

For specific enquiries about this course, please contact Peter Warwick at

For general booking or CPD enquiries please contact

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