Happy Customers

Emma Snowdon

Headteacher, Winsford, Over St John’s Primary School

We have been working with First4Maths for the last two years as a school and as a cluster of schools.

At school level, Sarah has been incredibly supportive in helping us to address the way in which we teach reasoning through INSET, book monitoring and planning support. Staff have found the process incredibly useful and the children’s use of reasoning skills has developed greatly. This was recognised by our Ofsted inspector in July 2019 who stated that: “Pupils’ books feature a diverse range of problem solving skills. This provides a context for pupils’ calculations and assists in developing their mathematical reasoning skills.” We have found Sarah to be easily approachable, very supportive and with excellent subject knowledge to answer all the questions that we have had whilst enabling us to drive forward the teaching of Maths as a school.

As a cluster of schools in the Winsford Education Partnership, First4Maths has supported us in a variety of ways as we acknowledged that the progress of pupils in Maths could be improved as a town. First4Maths have held moderation sessions for all year groups that have been tailored to the needs of each year group as identified by subject leaders across the town. We have also held termly planning sessions for each year group to enable teachers to plan ahead for Maths with the support of maths experts. Furthermore, First4Maths have also trained Teaching Assistants in high quality support at Year 2 and Year 6. All this work has had a positive impact on the teaching of Maths as a town with staff more confident in planning accurately for their year groups as well as being confident to accurately assess their children. As it has been so beneficial, we are continuing to work with First4Maths for a second academic year as a partnership to further skill teachers.

I would highly recommend getting in touch with Sarah or Toni, whatever your school or cluster’s needs are as they are able to customise any work with you to meet your own needs and I am sure that it would have a great impact on your staff.

Matt Boot

Headteacher, Wincham Community Primary School

First4Maths have worked with the school for 18 months.  Toni and the team have supported the teachers in analysing strengths and weaknesses in their classes, and have helped them to plan next steps for all children.  The impact of this has been huge - staff are much more confident in delivering well structured, appropriately challenging lessons for all learners.  Over time, the impact has been twofold.  Firstly we have seen a real rise in standards, both through work scrutiny and through end of year assessments.  Secondly, teachers have become much more confident in planning and delivering the content of the curriculum, which has had a big impact on staff morale and well being.  Toni has also supported our Maths leads in scrutinising books, coaching staff and analysing and planning areas for development in the school.  First4Maths consultants have always been friendly and supportive for all staff, establishing a professional yet friendly rapport quickly.  I cannot recommend their support highly enough.

Alice Axon

Y3 teacher, Acresfield Primary School

Thanks to Toni I have been given a renewed love of teaching maths. All the help I have received, from planning the most logical sequence to teach a unit, to identifying potential misconceptions and how to handle them, coupled with hands on fun practical activities to engage the children, has saved me hours of wasted time deliberating and scouring the internet for the ‘perfect’ resources. I came away from Toni’s sessions brimming with ideas and excited to get back into the classroom and test them out.

Mike Dixon

Headteacher, Acresfield Primary School

Alice Steen

Horn's Mill Primary School

Lauren Pemberton

Our Lady of the Sea Primary School

Rachel Oates

Weaverham Pre School

Kelly Smith

St John Fisher Primary School

A Dobric

Loretto Preparatory School

Teresa Welsh

Loretto Preparatory School

Tracey Lasham

Bexton Primary School

Caroline Butler

Bexton Primary School

Tracey Wilks

St Vincent de Paul Catholic Primary School

Nick Draper

St Vincent de Paul Catholic Primary School


Greenbank Residential School


Greenbank Residential School

Rachel Beattie

Lostock Gralam C of E Primary School

Victoria Seymour

Ashdene Primary School

Charlotte Parker

Berkeley Academy

Charlotte Johnson

Weaver Primary School

Clare Aldridge

Bexton Primary School

Lisa Booth

Bexton Primary School


Megan Thwaites

Lostock Gralam Primary School


Sophie Hartley

Dodleston C of E Primary School

Sarah Piper

Eccleston C E Primary School

Jessie Raggett

Tarvin Primary School

Domonic May

Eaton Primary School

Martin Hoban

Norley C E Primary School

Carly Upton

Merseyside, Cheshire and Greater Manchester Teacher Training Consortium

Ann-Marie Daly

Merseyside, Cheshire and Greater Manchester Teacher Training Consortium

Nicola Leppert

Merseyside, Cheshire and Greater Manchester Teacher Training Consortium

Kayleigh Wade

Merseyside, Cheshire and Greater Manchester Teacher Training Consortium

Natasha Mulholland

Darnhall Primary School

Hannah Wooddisse

Over Hall Community School

Heather Hickman

Oak View Academy

Sophie Hartley

Over St John's Primary School

Michelle Coventry

Lindow Primary School

Catherine Harper

J H Godwin Primary School

Ashley McCormick

Hayfield Primary School

Alice Cope

Sutton Green Primary School

Laura Worstencroft

Over St John's Primary School

Victoria Bennett

Over Hall Primary School

Ruth Leonard

Oak View Academy

Lucy Toomer

Winsford High Street

Samantha Fletcher Headteacher

Wimboldsley Primary School

Laura Stevens

The Quinta Primary School

Caroline Butler

Bexton Primary School

Jane Bird

Audlem St James Primary School

Fiona MacSween

Highfield Community Primary School

Christine Hayes

Woodside Primary School

Claire Treasure

Weaverham Forest Primary School

Emma Nicholas

Tarporley CE Primary School

Edward Amesbury

Saughall All Saints C of E Primary School

Anna Jones

Gayton Primary School

Vicky Field

Upton Westlea Primary School

Maths is a strength at Acresfield and this has a lot to do with the high quality professional development provided by First4Maths for our staff.  Our children have made rapid progress, our staff have grown in confidence and our school has been able to move forward significantly.

Lots of useful information and games that can be used in class.

Very informative and good links to nursery rhyme week.

Great delivery and excellent resources and ideas to take back to the setting and deliver in house training.

Useful strategies that I can use in the classroom.  Lots of information regarding the times table test.

Helpful and informative with lots of practical advice and pointing to supportive resources.

Enjoyable session relevant to my needs.  Good use of resources.  Clear explanations.

Great to see different images and models.  Interesting to discuss the variety of resources.  Brilliant to be in a small group so able to ask questions as we went along.

Content was great for Y6.  Enjoyed the discussions.  Great images and models to share with the children.  Sarah explains everything in great understandable language.

Clear, interesting.  Good ideas, thought provoking.

Good pool of resources - getting hands on activities helps understand how the children may approach problems.  Knowing that problems may come in a variety of ways - how to help them understand using drawings and word problems is great.

Great detail and introduced to many strategies I was not aware of before.

Really enjoyed it.  The strategies will be useful for my classroom practice.  Gave me a wealth of information.  Thank you for a fab day!

Excellent bank of resources to take back to the classroom.  Great resources for abstract learners.

Lots of fantastic ideas for games and how to manipulate concrete resources.

Great balance of theory and practical activities.  Particularly helpful to look at ways of 'twisting' each problem and game.

A great maths session.  The planning overviews are brilliant!

Lots of resources.  Super explanation of greater depth and reasoning.  Lots of practical games - looking forward to doing x table aerobics!

Clear, concise instructions throughout.  Interactive and practical activities were good.

Great training - helpful to understand how different visuals and pictorial representations are useful.

Very thorough and lots of ideas to take to the classroom.

Fab!  Comprehensive coverage of teaching decimals.  Good use of concrete equipment and games.

It was really useful to talk to someone about areas of my planning that needed developing or taking further.  It helped me to see where I needed to go further into topics.

Great opportunity to discuss moderation evidence and ways to challenge/support when moving forward into new objectives.

Excellent Subject Leader Training.  Good focus on Deep Dives from Ofsted and having a clear focus on school's vision.

Thank you for a really great session.  I have learnt lots and look forward to using the ideas in my teaching and planning.  Your passion shines through!

Great activities and an easy to follow presentation.  The consultant presenting was happy to answer any questions and went through anything anybody was unsure of.

Really useful and enjoyable sessions.  The links to NCETM will be of great use.

Fantastic.  Useful ideas and support for future planning and lessons.

Great opportunity to explore visual representations to support and consolidate understanding.  Teaching maths in a way that meets the needs of all learning styles.  Fantastic delivery.  Good opportunity to work with colleagues.

Great knowledge and understanding.  So many lovely ideas.  Reminded me to simplify lessons and make outcomes clear and meaningful.

Really informative and useful - great to see the tasks and activities from the child's perspective and to discuss misconceptions.  Brilliant resources to take away.

Very thorough training.  Good to have further insight into effective reasoning and problem solving in the classroom.

Fantastic as always! We are super lucky to have a free session to gain a clearer vision of greater depth expectations.

Really useful in giving ideas to take problem solving further and a logical approach to lesson planning.

Clear, concise and highlighted the direction my school needs to take.

Helpful reminder of mastery concept.  Supportive of ways of how to come 'off scheme'.  Love the Blooms Taxonomy Question Cues.

Great! Lots of practical resources and activities and the planning looks fabulous.  Great to chat to other Year 1 teachers too.

Informative. Delivered at appropriate level.  Able to ask questions comfortably.

Very interactive and engaging with useful resources.

Today has been really useful to help plan the progression of fluency and mastery. It has been great to see different concrete and pictorial representations.

Very thorough (as always) - great ideas and resources for Mastery and Greater depth in cluding expectations and pitch.

Content was relevant and I had not heard a lot of it before which was really useful.

Delivered very well and very clearly.

Lots of content.  Very knowledgeable and it all made sense!

I have genuinely never felt so empowered after a course!  I have an action plan in my head and I feel now I know what we need to do next.  Totally loved it! Thanks so much!

This will help me with a Deep Dive in Mathematics at our school and will make me feel more confident and prepared.

Very informative! Lots of ideas, questions and thoughts to take back to school.  A great way to organise everything in one place to make it seem less scary!

Really useful information about updates. Great documentation to help gain an overview of maths in my school.

Jam packed with lots of relevant and useful information.  Fitted nicely with reviewing and updating the curriculum.

Well delivered and clearly linked to OFSTED's curriculum.

Very thorough training which will support me in future inspections and support my role as subject lead to continue to enhance the teaching of maths in our school.

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