Ranelagh Teacher Network

Visual representations in the Maths classroom


Ranelagh Teacher Network is an AMSP-funded project, allowing teachers of 11-16 and A level Mathematics to meet, collaborate and to share best practice. We meet termly and the programme is planned by teacher request. The meetings will be a mixture of formal and informal training events


In this session we will be looking at visual representations that will support student understanding. 

The two main ideas we will focus on are bar modelling which can support reasoning and conceptual understanding for fractions and ratio problems. Bar modelling is a way for students to access questions and to work out how to go about solving. It can be used at GCSE to break down worded questions and can enable learners to process the information given

We will look at the use of algebra tiles to develop understanding in many aspects of algebraic reasoning including completing the square which many students find difficult.

This session will be useful for teachers of GCSE and A level Maths and will be led by Emma Irvine, Head of Department at Sandhurst School and Assistant Maths Hub Lead for Mobius Maths Hub with a focus on Teaching for Mastery.

Materials and Equipment

The session will be help on Zoom, access to a computer with video and microphone will give the best outcomes for attending the session, though not essential.

A pen and paper for working on problems.

The link to the session will be sent out on the day to those registered.


Key Facts

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Curriculum focus:

11-16 maths, A level Mathematics

Mathematical focus:

Pure, Problem solving, Reasoning

Event format:

Network meeting

Event length:

1.5 hours


Thu 17th Jun 2021

Course times:

16:15 - 17:45


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If you have any queries about this event, please do not hesitate to contact:

Yvonne Scott
[email protected]

The AMSP, through MEI, holds the NCETM CPD Standard

National Centre for Excellence in the teaching of Mathematics

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