Venn Essex Maths Hub

The Maths Hubs programme is Department for Education funded and led by the NCETM (National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics). We bring together mathematics education professionals in a collaborative national network of 40 Hubs each locally led by an outstanding school or college, to develop and spread excellent practice, for the benefit of all pupils and students.

The Venn Essex Maths Hub's aim is to ensure that all pupils, teachers and leaders have access to support, training, and innovation that will improve the enjoyment and achievement of mathematics, from Early Years through to the post 16 sector.

The Venn Essex Maths Hub is led by St Thomas More’s Catholic Primary School, an outstanding primary school in the heart of Colchester. With a dedicated team of operational partners who help carry out the Hub’s work, we work very closely with our Strategic Partners, who help plan and evaluate our work. We work with successful, established mathematics communities across the Essex region as well as national partners and mathematics associations.

Areas covered:

  • The Venn Essex Maths Hub covers the Essex area including Braintree, Chelmsford, Epping Forest, Uttlesford, Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock.
  • Schools in Harlow are covered by the Matrix Maths Hub.

Find out more about the Venn Essex Maths Hub:

Venn Essex Maths Hub - 2023-24 CPD offer

Discover fully-funded subject-specific opportunities to support professional learning for teachers and development for departments and schools. 

To view our 2023-24 CPD offer, click on the link below:

Venn Essex Maths Hub 2023-24 CPD catalogue

If you have any questions about any of our programmes, contact Kerry McAuley at

Current Work Groups and projects

Find out more about Current Work Groups and projects 

Find out more about Work Groups - What is a Work Group?

Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics (SKTM) for primary teachers/Teaching Assistants

This programme supports primary teachers/Teaching Assistants to develop specialist knowledge for teaching maths, building on the primary maths National Curriculum to develop distinct pedagogical decision-making which impacts on classroom practice.

The programme is aligned with an overall Teaching for Mastery Programme designed to develop maths teaching in schools, and would be highly appropriate for applicants working in a school that is actively committed to the Teaching for Mastery Programme. This successful programme is now in its seventh year.

For more information click on the links below:

5-8 continuity

The 5-8 continuity project is to support both teachers and pupils with the transition from primary to secondary school. The Work Group is a collaboration between KS2 and KS3 teachers. 

The project has been designed to support pupils so that they are better prepared for the curriculum transition from KS2 to KS3. In KS3 they show improved understanding of the chosen topics, based on strong connections with KS2 foundations and in both KS2 and KS3 demonstrate a positive attitude to maths.

The project is designed to support teachers to have a deeper knowledge and understanding of the curriculum across KS2 and KS3, including the expectations of students at the end of each key stage in relation to specific areas of the curriculum.  To have a deeper understanding of the approaches which will support students as they move from KS2 to KS3, including the importance of consistency of language and representations specifically relating to specific areas of the curriculum. 

To book a place on this Work Group complete the form here: 5-8 Continuity

If you have any questions, contact Kerry McAuley at