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.

Saffron Teaching School Hub areas covered:

  • The Venn Essex Maths Hub covers the Essex area including Braintree, Chelmsford, Epping Forest and Uttlesford.
  • 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

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:

Securing Foundations at Year 7

This project aims to provide professional development and resources for secondary maths teachers, so they are better equipped with KS1 and KS2 maths curriculum domain-specific knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge. It will give them the necessary expertise to support students with gaps in understanding content from previous Key Stages.

  • To apply for this programme, click here
  • Download the programme flyer here

Teaching for Mastery - Primary and Secondary

Support is provided from a local classroom-based Mastery Specialist who leads the small work groups (2 teachers from each school). This model of professional development involves hands-on learning and peer-to-peer support. It is evidence-based and designed to support substantial long-term change. Pupils will show a positive attitude towards maths and enjoy learning the subject. Teachers will develop Teaching for Mastery approaches within their own classroom.

More information on this fully funded programme can be found at the links below:

Secondary Non Specialist programme - starting Summer 2024

The Secondary Non Specialist programme supports non-specialist teachers in developing the specialist knowledge (the blend of subject and pedagogical) for teaching maths.

Due to the success of the Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics Work Group that we have been running this year, we have decided to start a new cohort in the summer term, rather than waiting until September.

Why now?

We know you are starting to develop the timetables for the next academic year, and we think that the teachers may want to get ahead with their knowledge before September. Your staff may have some ‘gained time’ after the GCSE exams where they would have the capacity to take on some extra CPD.

Session details

18 sessions have been designed across 6 full days. The first three dates are:

  • Thursday 20th June 2024
  • Friday 7th July 2024
  • Monday 15th July 2024

All sessions will take place at St Thomas More's Primary School, Colchester, CO1 2QB.

There is no cost to attend this programme - it is fully funded by the DfE.

How to apply

To apply for this programme, please complete this application form.

Download the programme flyer here.