Primary Mastery Programmes

Primary Maths Teaching for Mastery

The Teaching for Mastery Programme is a fully funded professional development opportunity designed to support teachers like you to develop best practice in maths in your school. It is suitable for schools interested in implementing a teaching for mastery approach to maths.

Two teachers from each participating school join a Work Group, consisting of six or seven local primary schools. Each Work Group is led by a trained primary Mastery Specialist.

Work Groups (sometimes known as Teacher Research Groups, or TRGs) meet regularly to plan, observe and discuss teaching for mastery. In between meetings, teachers explore mastery approaches in their own classrooms and across their school. Work Groups run for a year initially, with many continuing beyond the first year as mastery is embedded in participants’ schools.

Support is provided from a local classroom-based Mastery Specialist who leads the group. This model of professional development involves hands-on learning and peer-to-peer support. It is evidence-based and designed to support substantial long-term change.

This video was made for our recruitment campaign in 2018/19, and all the details still apply.

Funding

Primary Maths Teaching for Mastery is fully funded by the Maths Hubs Programme.

Get Involved

Are you interested in joining the Teaching for Mastery Work Groups ?

Please email mathshub@stmaryleboneschool.com and we’ll notify you when the next recruitment window opens.

Get Involved

Are you interested in joining the Teaching for Mastery Work Groups ?

Applications for 2021 are now open
Download full information and an application form below.

Primary Mastery Readiness

The Mastery Readiness Programme is for primary schools that want to adopt teaching for mastery in maths, but would benefit from a staged approach. This project will develop vital skills and practices for schools who have not yet accessed the Teaching for Mastery Programme and have an identifiable barrier to them developing teaching for mastery across the school. Participant schools will access free workshops and regular high-quality bespoke support of a trained Mastery Readiness Lead and will then get priority to be part of the full Teaching for Mastery Work Groups, complete with the associated funding.

Schools that are successful in implementing sustained and meaningful change through teaching for mastery have key foundations already in place.

These key foundations include:

  • shared vision and culture around the importance of maths
  • a belief that every child can achieve highly in maths
  • a positive mindset towards maths amongst all staff
  • good maths subject knowledge amongst teachers and TAs
  • systems that maximise learning, such as timetabling, intervention, curriculum and pedagogical approaches
  • teaching of arithmetical proficiency for all children, to support mathematical fluency by reducing cognitive load
  • ongoing staff development, which is valued by all staff and senior leaders.

The Mastery Readiness Programme offers support and development in these areas.

Funding

There is no charge for participation in this programme. However, schools must ensure that staff are released to engage in the workshops and school visits, and that the headteacher attends events where appropriate.

Get Involved

Are you interested in joining the Mastery Readiness Programme?

Please email mathshub@stmaryleboneschool.com and we’ll notify you when the next recruitment window opens.

Get Involved

Are you interested in joining the Mastery Readiness Programme?

Applications for 2021 are now open
Download full information and an application form below.

Become a Primary Mastery Specialist


Since 2014, The NCETM and Maths Hubs have been working together to develop approaches to teaching for mastery within primary mathematics. This has been informed by the teaching of mathematics in high performing South East Asian jurisdictions. Each year since 2015 the NCETM and Maths Hubs have recruited more than 100 Mastery Specialist teachers. The first year in post is a training and development year, establishing mastery in their own schools, with the support of the senior leadership team. In the second year the training focus shifts to develop Mastery Specialists in their role as Professional Development Leads and there is the opportunity to gain NCETM PD Lead Accreditation. In the second and following years, specialists will engage in a variety of work including leading Work Groups, developing seven other schools in the development of teaching for mastery, leading the embedding of mastery in schools and leading Work Groups to sustain teaching for mastery.

The programme

Each year the NCETM and the Maths Hubs recruit a cohort of teachers to develop and work as Mastery Specialists. The first year of the programme is a development year for the teachers and their schools and then, in the second and third years, the Mastery Specialists will each lead Work Groups to develop, embed and sustain teaching for mastery for their Maths Hub. It is expected that the Mastery Specialist’s school becomes a leading exponent of teaching for mastery in this time and so the school needs to ensure that it has the capacity and desire to take on and develop a teaching for mastery approach across the whole school. Before a teacher applies for the role, headteachers might find it useful to look at the NCETM website here where there are interviews with heads who have led the introduction of teaching for mastery in a school.

Funding

The Secondary Mastery Specialist Programme is fully funded by the Maths Hubs Programme.

Get involved

Please fill in the expression of interest form to receive an email alert when the application window opens for 2021.

Get involved

Applications for 2021 are now open
Download full information and an application form below.