Teaching for Mastery (Primary): Researching and trialling models of intervention

Whole class teaching is becoming embedded across schools using a teaching for mastery approach.  This Work Group, consisting of teachers from local schools, will consider different models of intervention in a mastery context to ensure that mathematics teaching has maximum impact for all children. The participants will use case studies and research to inform their practice and build on the work of last year’s national project, contributing to an evidence base around which models work best. Schools will trial a model of their choice and will document their observations.

This Work Group is looking for teachers who lead maths and/or lead/or have an interest in intervention in their schools.  Schools should have begun to commit to teaching for mastery development, ideally having been part of a teaching for mastery Work Group previously.  The school should have at least 2 classes or year groups where teaching for mastery is embedded.

Teachers in the Work Group will choose an intervention model to trial within their school. Over the course of the year, the Work Group will collaborate to critique, develop and evaluate their chosen model(s) to feed into the national project’s conclusions regarding effective models for same-day intervention.  Participants are expected to attend work group sessions and complete gap tasks, which will feed into the projects’ outcomes. The gap tasks will be activities which are easily incorporated into their teaching timetable. Time for feedback will be included in work groups.


Monday 3rd December 2018,

Tuesday 12th February 2019 and

Tuesday 4th June 2019