Teacher Subject Specialism Training (TSST)

Teacher Subject Specialism Training (TSST) Secondary Mathematics and Physics 2019-2020

Harton Academy TSST programmes in Secondary Mathematics and Physics are part of a Department of Education funded initiative to improve subject knowledge of non-specialist teachers and returning teachers and to increase the number of hours taught in these subjects, in order to build capacity and enable schools to manage workforce and deployment challenges across these subjects. These free training programmes are specifically targeted at;

  • Non-specialist teachers who could potentially teach Secondary Mathematics (Physics), in addition to, or as their main subject.
  • Non-specialist teachers who are currently teaching Secondary Mathematics or Physics, full time or in addition to the specialist subject.
  • Teachers who are looking to return to the profession.

What do we offer?

Our successful programmes in Secondary Mathematic s and Physics are now in its fourth and fifth year respectively, and carry Joint Mathematical Council or Institute of Physics Enabled Community Approved Status. Funded by the Department of Education, these programmes aim to help increase the subject knowledge, pedagogy skills and confidence of non-specialist teachers. Specific to secondary mathematics, TSST can contribute to the requirements contained in the revised Ofsted school inspection handbook, revised May 2019 which states that in applying the Education Inspection Framework to the teaching of mathematics Inspectors will consider what steps the school has taken to ensure that “all teachers of mathematics, including non-specialist teachers of mathematics, have sufficient mathematical and teaching content knowledge to deliver topics effectively”

Led and facilitated by experienced specialist teachers who will share latest thinking and provide new skills and techniques to apply in the classroom the programme comprises;

  • A series of twilight sessions covering a range of topics
  • Monitored gap tasks
  • On-line options (mathematics only)
  • Mentoring sessions
  • Network events
  • Opportunities for masters credit
  • Classroom experiences
  • £250 contribution to cover costs

The sessions cover a variety of relevant topics which will be continuously reviewed throughout the academic year and content amended to reflect the needs of participants.


Start dates have yet to be confirmed however it is envisaged that cohorts will commence early in the spring term of 2020.

How to apply

Application forms and further information can be obtained by contacting Lynn Culkin, Director of Teaching School, Harton Academy, Lisle Road, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, NE34 6DL lculkin@hartoacademy.co.uk 0191 4274050 ext 205.

Comments from previous participants

Awesome (Mathematics)

Session was well explained and easy to understand (Physics)

Very informative felt comfortable asking questions (Mathematics)

Very good input, examples and resources (Mathematics)

Clear explanations given. Outstanding facilitation. Approachable and supportive (Physics)

Spot on – very informative and thorough. Very good with helping one – to one when needed (Mathematics)