Primary Teaching for Mastery

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. It is the first year of a four year programme.

Mastery Development Work Groups: 

If your school is ready to start developing a teaching for mastery approach, you can join a Work Group starting in the new academic year.

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. 

Embedding Programme:

Those who have worked on establishing teaching for mastery in a Development Work Group become part of an Embedding Work Group in their second year, focusing on:

  • Systems and culture to support teaching for mastery
  • Support for school leadership and subject leadership
  • Subject knowledge
  • Lesson design
  • Professional development models within individual schools.

This year there will be a focus on curriculum recovery, providing mutual support and expertise to focus on what really matters.

This project is for schools who have previously participated in a Development Work Group. All schools must show a strong commitment from both school and subject leadership for embedding teaching for mastery approaches, and at least the lead participant teacher from the Development Work Group school must have already started using teaching for mastery approaches.

Sustaining Programme:

This is for all primary schools who have previously been involved in teaching for mastery via a Development or Embedding Work Group, or who are Mastery Specialist schools. 

It is new in 2020/21 and builds on the work carried out in previous teaching for mastery Work Groups This year it will particularly focus on curriculum recovery. It will support schools in helping pupils make up for lost time through focusing on what really matters and providing a network of mutual support and expert guidance.

Schools participating will have previously taken part in a Development Work Group and might have received support for embedding teaching for mastery. Each school will have a lead participant in the Work Group, normally the subject leader for maths. They are likely to have played a lead role in previous years. At different points in the year other teachers will participate in aspects of the Work Group workshops, either when hosting a TRG session or participating in a collaborative planning session.

For more information about Teaching for Mastery, please visit the NCETM website.

A school’s journey towards Mastery:

Primary Mastery Specialists:

Mastery Specialists are classroom practitioners who develop expertise in the mastery approach to teaching maths. Through rigorous and interactive training, they become experts in introducing and embedding mastery. After first developing a mastery approach in their own classrooms, they go on to support colleagues in their own and other schools.

Primary Mastery Specialists Cohort 7 programme : 2021-22

Following the successful first six cohorts of the Mastery Specialist Programme, the NCETM and Cambridge Maths Hub are now seeking to recruit a seventh cohort of expert primary school teachers to develop and work as Primary Mastery Specialists.

Please read the information document before applying. Fill in the online application by 9am on Friday 28 May 2021.