If you are a primary trainee, you must demonstrate a knowledge of mathematics to be recommended for QTS. This popular, widely recommended text helps you audit your knowledge of mathematics and understand what learning you need to pass your course. A rigorous test helps you identify your strengths and weaknesses and can be revisited at key stages in your course as a tool to monitor and evaluate progress. The fourth edition has been updated in line with the new National Curriculum, includes more information on expanding and developing your knowledge of mathematics and is linked to the newest Teachers’ Standards.

: Perceived competence and confidence in mathematics

: Perceived competence and confidence in mathematics
Perceived competence and confidence in mathematics

As you undertake the following self-audit you might notice that you feel quite competent in an area of mathematics but lack the confidence to teach it. Competence and confidence are clearly quite different things. By the end of your training you will have greater competence within mathematics and greater confidence to teach the subject.


There are rather a lot of areas within this self-audit and you will need some time to read through and complete this part thoroughly. You do not need to know about or feel competent with everything listed here right now. This will develop throughout your training.

Please respond to the following statements using the key provided.


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