SKE Lead

Rajinder Rayit

I am a class teacher in Year 6 and have extensive experience in primary education, particularly in primary mathematics. In addition to my class teacher role, I also support the academy’s Maths Leader in the development of the mathematics curriculum and staff CPD at Hillcrest Academy. I hold the NCETM Accredited Professional Development Lead qualification, and this has allowed me to engage in delivering training in subject content knowledge and pedagogical practices in primary mathematics. In addition to the SKE Lead role, I am also the Primary Maths Lead for GORSE SCITT. I have also been involved in successfully guiding and mentoring a Primary with Maths SCITT trainee in a school-wide research project. Hillcrest Academy is one of the most improved primary schools in the country and continues to be an Outstanding provider of education.

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Programme Structure

There are three modules in the Primary Mathematics SKE Course: Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Within each module (unit), topics such as Number, Fractions, Geometry, Measures and Statistics are covered. There are some transition sessions which link Early Years to Key Stage 1 and Year 6 to KS3. Each topic covered is carefully linked to the work covered in previous phases to ensure a progression of knowledge needed.

Delivery and Assessment

Trainees will begin with a Subject Knowledge Audit comprising of a confidence level matrix in areas of primary maths followed by questions for trainees to answer, some of which are pedagogical and some require subject content knowledge. This Subject Knowledge Audit is referred to at various points of the course and weekly seminars will pick up on any support needed with subject knowledge gaps. It is also revisited at the end of the 12 weeks.

The course is online and begins with a session explaining the structure of primary school phases, introducing statutory and non-statutory documents that are used throughout the course. Also included are the content domains within the National Curriculum so trainees can familiarise themselves with the course topics.

The course requires active participation and participants are expected to complete a reflective journal throughout the course which will contribute to the final assessment. Prompts are included on the slides to support this and participants are encouraged to share these reflections on a weekly basis.

Within each module, trainees will be equipped with subject content knowledge and pedagogical knowledge needed to teach in that phase. Participants are encouraged to explore conceptual understanding of topics covered. It is important to get a good grounding in early mathematical development as this is the foundation of all mathematical knowledge through the primary phase. This is provided in Unit 1, Early Years.

A Weekly Assessment contributes to the overall Final Assessment of each Unit of the course. The assessments could comprise of test questions and reasoning, creating slides to show subject knowledge and understanding, evaluation of research and its application to classroom practice, background reading/podcasts and responses linked to the week’s learning.

The Final Overall Assessment at the end of the course will reflect the progress the participants have made in their subject knowledge and contributes to their outcome of the SKE course.

“I found my SKE lead to be an inspirational teacher who was very willing to share her knowledge and experience to help us. Julia 2022 SKE Participant GORSE SCITT”


The Modules of Study are outlined below and cover Early Years to Year 6. Each module builds on the previous one in each of the core areas of study.

Within the KS2 module, some topics have been broken down into Lower Key Stage 2 (Years 3 and 4) and Upper Key Stage 2 (Years 5 and 6) to illustrate the conceptual progression in key areas. For example, Fractions.

Early Years (Unit 1)

  • Week 1: Introduction, Cardinality and Counting 1 and 2, Weekly Assessment
  • Week 2: Comparison, Composition 1 and 2, Weekly Assessment
  • Week 3: Pattern, Shape and Space and Measures, Weekly Assessment
  • Week 4: Transition to Key Stage 1, The Use of Manipulatives, Assessment of Unit 1

Key Stage 1 (Unit 2)

  • Week 5: Place Value 1 and 2, Addition and Subtraction, Weekly Assessment
  • Week 6: Multiplication, Division, Weekly Assessment
  • Week 7: Fractions, Geometry, Weekly Assessment
  • Week 8: Measures, Transition to KS2, Assessment of Unit 2

Key Stage 2 (Unit 3)

  • Week 9: Place Value 1 and 2, Addition and Subtraction, Weekly Assessment
  • Week 10: Multiplication and Division 1 and 2, Decimals and Percentages, Weekly Assessment
  • Week 11: Fractions 1 and 2, Fractions and Ratio, Weekly Assessment
  • Week 12: Geometry and Reasoning, Measures and Statistics, Algebra and bridging to KS3, Assessment of Unit 3

Final Overall Assessment

Each session in the week is about 1 hour long and provides useful links for study and reflection.

There is a weekly seminar which will provide opportunities to ask questions and to discuss progress.

Participants are expected to complete 25 hours of personal study each week and these are signposted on the slides.

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