Welcome to the Maths-for-Life programme, designed to support the professional development of groups of mathematics teachers, teaching GCSE re-sit students. Guided by the research evidence, the programme concentrates on ‘difficult topics’, and uses them to explore the central pedagogies of dialogic teaching.  

The approach has been shown to: 

  • Improve outcomes in GCSE re-sit maths examinations
  • Support the development of a sustainable professional learning community

These are key to furthering teachers’ commitment to the profession, each other, and the students.



Background details on how the programme emerged from a long history of world-leading innovations within mathematics education at the University of Nottingham.

Role of lead teacher

Key activities of the lead teacher, including how to use the professional development resources.


The materials for five lessons. Each has been designed to support a specific aspect of dialogic teaching through the teaching of a key mathematics topic. 



Centre for Research in Mathematics Education
School of Education, University of Nottingham
Jubilee Campus, Wollaton Road
Nottingham, NG8 1BB