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Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract: Supporting Understanding for All Pupils

With the development of teaching for mastery in maths, the need for variation in approach and context has become a vital part of the learning process. Along with this comes the need for children to be supported in their understanding in a variety of ways. One of the most effective ways is through the use of the concrete-pictorial abstract approach.

  • Explore the meaning of variation
  • Develop your understanding of the CPA approach
  • Explore how concrete resources and pictorial representations can be used alongside abstract representations
1 hour
£99 + VAT
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About this course

Prior to the introduction of the mastery approach, many teachers would agree that concrete resources were generally used to support lower attaining pupils with their understanding in maths and store cupboards were filled with trays of maths equipment that barely saw the light of day. But how can we use these resources to support all children with their understanding and develop their reasoning and explanations. This training will: 

  • Explore the use of the CPA approach to support and to extend thinking
  • Give you practical ideas that you can take away and easily put in place
  • Support you in driving up standards of teaching and learning in maths


This course is appropriate for primary and special schools.

  • Class teachers and assistants (all years)
  • Maths leads
  • Key stage leaders
  • Senior leaders

If there are no livestream dates currently planned, please contact us on
01206 625 626 or email us at and we will work with you to find a suitable date.

How to access this course

This course is easy-to-access in any of the below formats...

  • On-demand recording, with 30 days access to watch at a time and location to suit you!
  • School-wide license, for every member of staff in your school to watch for a period of 30 days. Please contact us to purchase your school-wide license for this course.
  • An INSET or after-school twilight at your school, tailored to your requirements. Contact us for your personalised quote.

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This course as an INSET Day

Our in-service training provides exciting and dynamic ways to inspire, challenge and develop your staff, whether they are Teaching Assistants, Teachers or Senior Leadership.

Your first point of contact would be with our Head Office team, who will identify your needs and priorities and ensure that the accompanying training materials we provide are of the very best quality.

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