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24th May TAs Training SOLD OUT

03 May 16
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Sold Out



The Excellence in Eden TAs training on May 24th at CREA is now completely sold out.  If you’d like to be informed about future events please contact India Campbell at Excellence in Eden: Email Tel: 01768 210206, like Authentic Maths on Facebook or follow @authenticmaths on Twitter.


More spaces added – KS2/3 TAs training Tues 24th May

17 Apr 16
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Great news – we’ve managed to secure a larger room for the Excellence in Eden KS2/3 TAs training on Tuesday 24th May.  Book quickly to secure your place and avoid disappointment. Contact India Campbell Email: Tel: 01768 210206.

KS2 TAs May 2016


100 Teachers Trained Press Release

06 Apr 16
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As teachers and children across Cumbria prepare for the new primary SATS this May, Rebecca Hanson from Authentic Maths is celebrating having trained over 100 Cumbrian teachers and teaching assistants to teach the new primary maths curriculum.

Rebecca was one of the loudest critics of the new curriculum and SATS which require children who are only six to be examined on difficult skills such as mentally subtracting two 2-digit numbers.

Rebecca says

“I was extremely concerned that making the curriculum more difficult while removing county support and preventing children using apparatus in their SATS would damage primary maths teaching.”

“To help schools I wrote six separate courses for teachers of years 1 to 6.  I deliver these courses in schools and tailor them to the exact needs of each teacher.  I’ve been working full time delivering this specific year training since its launch in January and am booked up until May.”

“It’s been a privilege to work with so many excellent teachers.  They’re all working incredibly hard to make sure our children are properly prepared for the new exams they’ll face during the second week of May.”

About Rebecca Hanson :

Rebecca taught secondary maths in Cumbria and was the last Head of Mathematics at Ehenside School in Cleator Moor, helping to bring it out of special measures before it closed in 2008.  She then lectured in mathematics education at Manchester Metropolitan University, supervised PGCE students for the Open University and completed national mathematics education projects before retraining to lead primary professional development.  Rebecca is known for her high profile criticism of key aspects of current mathematics education policy and for her policy work on reforming Ofsted.  Authentic Maths provides primary mathematics professional development and is owned and run by Rebecca.


Lucinda Carlile and Amanda Henderson from Brunsick Infant School in Penrith receive their certificates from Rebecca Hanson after completing year 2 specialist mathematics training courses.  Brunswick Infants were the first infant school in Cumbria to train all their teachers for the new primary curriculum with year specific training from Authentic Maths. Left to right: Lucinda Carlile, Amanda Henderson, Rebecca Hanson


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Newsflash (x2)

03 Nov 14
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The excellent program “The Trouble with Numbers” featuring Jo Boaler and other key figures in maths education is now available on itvplayer until 30 November 2014 at

Availability of Jo Boaler’s free MOOC – How to Learn Math (For Students) has been extended until 30 September 2015.  It takes about 6 hours to complete.  Well worth a look – it’s available here:




Feature – Free from Jo Boaler

27 Oct 14
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Jo Boaler PicJo Boaler is a top UK professor of mathematics education who currently works at Stanford University in the US.  She often returns to the UK and was very recently back to film for the ITV Tonight Show special on maths which will be shown this Thursday 30th October at 7:30pm.

She was featured in the Radio 4 series ‘The Educators’.  Her episode is available on iplayer here.

In 2013 Jo ran a free MOOC (mass open online course) for mathematics teachers which was completed by over 40,000 people.

Her current MOOC is available free here until 15th December 2014.  It takes just 6 hours to complete and explores some key ideas in school maths education.  It’s targeted at (and presented by) young adult learners of mathematics who’ve not been confident with GCSE standard maths, so most teachers will find it enjoyable, relaxing, fun and insightful. Why not register now and have a look?  It costs nothing to register and you’re not committed to completing the course.

Jo publishes lots of free resources for maths teachers on her website.  This site is well worth exploring as there are some great mathematical tasks to download on it.  Jo also publishes some of her papers on, the most recent of which is a direct attack on current UK policies on the rote learning of multiplication facts.  It contains lots of sound advice on how children should learn multiplication results.

Goodbye to old networks

12 Oct 14
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Although it was very hard to say goodbye to such a great group of people, I am tremendously grateful for having had the chance to be part of the inspirational network of OU PGCE Mathematics Tutors.

Having the chance to reflect on mathematics education with other dedicated and very experienced teachers with diverse experiences must surely be the most powerful form of professional development.

Don’t forget that we do have an active branch of the ATM here in north Cumbria.  It will be meeting this Friday.

If you’d to come or if you’d like to help me create the networks of the future please do contact me.


Rebecca Hanson – policy campaigner

12 Oct 14
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Libdem conference speaking autumn 2014

Rebecca Hanson from Authentic Maths has been fighting for policy reform on Ofsted at the Liberal Democrats Annual Conference in Glasgow.  You can see her here (at 2:10)during October while the conference is still live on iplayer.

October Update – Good News!

07 Oct 14
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Elizabeth Anderson

Elizabeth Anderson

Following the disappointing news that the Cumbria bid for a Maths Hub was unsuccessful, I have decided to refocus Authentic Maths.

There is not enough professional development in mathematics education available for teachers in Cumbria, especially in the west where it’s so hard to do a day trip to Manchester.

So I’ve employed Elizabeth Anderson to work with me for a month (through October) to help me relaunch Authentic Maths so that it will focus on building professional development for teachers which is based in West Cumbria.

More soon!

National Assessment Reform Report 1 September 2014

31 Aug 14
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By June it seemed that important conversations about pending national assessment reforms were failing to happen effectively because people had lost track on what’s going on.

I’ve therefore spent the summer talking to many people from subject associations, unions and awarding bodies to try concisely describe the current position.

This short report summarises the pending changes to national assessment at 4/5, 6/7, 10/11, 15/16 and 17/18.  It attempts to list the key concerns about the reforms and to describe the likely imminent calls for modifications.  Please feel free to download it and to use it or adapt it for any purpose for the benefit of education.

It can be downloaded as a pdf here:
National Assessment Reform Where are we now 1 Sept 2014
and as a word document here:
National Assessment Reform Where are we now 1 Sept 2014

If you have any questions please do contact me.


April Update

15 Apr 14
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storm clouds at st bees
Storm Clouds passing St. Bees (photo unaccredited from the internet – if this photo belongs to you please contact me as I would like to give credit for it).

Wow – things have so busy I didn’t even have time to write about the launch of my business.

It’s been wonderful meeting so many inspiring leaders in schools across Cumbria and I’m hugely positive about what we can achieve.

In these troubled times there are dark storm clouds and brilliant glimpses of sunshine.  Which will win through?  How will the weather resolve?

The brightest hope comes from Cumbria’s response to the potential of maths hubs funding.  It seems that everyone has stepped up to the mark and all things are possible as schools, universities, subject associations, businesses and support organisations are committed to working together.  We’ll have to see if we make it through the initial expression of interested and are invited to put in a full bid.

Meanwhile the policy thunderclouds loom, shooting out occasional bolts of lightening, the latest of which is the publication of the test frameworks for the new national curriculum.  So I won’t be on this website much as I’ll be spending what little free time I have trying to campaign against these new exams which will force all primary schools (be they free schools or academies) to teach the new national curriculum for mathematics in all it’s gory glory.  Wish me luck!

Meanwhile I’m afraid I need to turn of comments on this site as I’ve had over 300 spam comments in the last few days.  If you have a comment please do message me and I’ll gladly publish your comment.