Free course

Teaching mathematics

Free statement of participation on completion

This free course, Teaching mathematics, has been designed for non-specialist mathematics teachers of 8 to 14 year olds, teaching assistants, home schoolers and parents and draws on the established provision of mathematics education at The Open University. It can also be used as Continuing Professional Development by individuals or groups of teachers. The authors have many years’ experience of teaching mathematics in the classroom and in Initial and Continuing Teacher Education.

This course aims to develop your understanding of the mathematical content covered in the middle school years and effective strategies and approaches to the teaching and learning of this content. Through your studies you will begin to understand how children in this age group learn mathematics and the common misconceptions which they may experience.

Clearly it is not possible to cover all aspects of teaching mathematics in 24 hours of study. So, while we hope the course will be valuable for those groups mentioned above, it is not a substitute for formal initial teacher education courses such as Bachelor of Education degrees or the PGCE.


Enrolling on the course will give you the opportunity to earn an Open University digital badge. Badges are not accredited by The Open University but they're a great way to demonstrate your interest in the subject and commitment to your career, and to provide evidence of continuing professional development.

Once you are signed in, you can manage your digital badges online from My OpenLearn. In addition, you can download and print your OpenLearn statement of participation – which also displays your Open University badge.

The Open University would really appreciate a few minutes of your time to tell us about yourself and your expectations for the course before you begin, in our start-of-course survey. Once you complete the course we would also value your feedback and suggestions for future improvement, in our end-of-course survey. Participation will be completely confidential and we will not pass on your details to others.


Earn this free Open University digital badge if you complete this course! The badge can be displayed, shared and downloaded as a marker of your achievement. The badge is awarded for completing the course and passing the quizzes.

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