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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
  • School-wide licence for everyone at your school
1 hour
Access For
30 Days
£99.00 + VAT

About this course

This on-demand short course costs just £99+VAT for a school-wide licence, providing 30 days access to every member of staff in your school.

For further information on how to purchase this training, please take a look at the 'About on-demand training' section below.

Course overview:

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


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

About on-demand training

The school-wide licence for this short course costs just £99+VAT and provides access to every member of staff at your school.

By purchasing this on-demand training:

  • The course will be made available to every member of staff in your school to watch for a period of 30 days.
  • Every member of staff in your school can log in independently from home or wherever they are.
  • Your team can watch the training at a time that suits them - on-demand - and will be able to pause or rewind to review sections.

How to purchase:

To buy a school-wide licence for this short course, please click one of the 'Add To Basket' buttons below and complete the checkout process to place your order. You will receive an automated email with further instructions on how to provide access to the rest of the staff at your school.

£99.00 + VAT