Primary Teaching for Mastery Development Work Groups

This project is part of the continuing programme to develop teaching for mastery in maths in primary schools.

Our diagram shows a school's journey towards mastery. Use it to determine where your school's journey starts (click/tap diagram to show a larger version with more detail of the journey).

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.

During the 2020/21 school year, Maths Hubs across England will be working with thousands of primary schools to continue the spread of teaching for mastery across England.

The Teaching for Mastery Programme is a 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.

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

What is involved?

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.

Who can take part?

This programme is for state-funded primary schools in England. Two teachers from each participant school will attend six half-day meetings during the school year, and lead teaching for mastery development in their own school.

There is no charge for participation in the programme and schools receive some funding as a contribution to cover costs.

If you are interested in joining a Teaching for Mastery Work Group, contact your local Maths Hub.

NB: Schools can only take part in this particular Work Group once. However, there are other Work Groups dealing with teaching for mastery which are available in the year after a school is in a TRG. Talk to your Maths Hub about your options.

What is the cost?

The Primary Teaching for Mastery Development Work Groups project is fully funded by the Maths Hubs Programme so is free to participating schools.

What will you learn?

Teachers tell us about what involvement has meant for them and their pupils:

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Alana Mead, Year 6 teacher at St Francis C of E Primary School in Swindon

Being involved in a Work Group, you feel much more involved in your own CPD. You are actually doing something, rather than being talked at.

Going away, implementing something and then coming back and discussing how it worked is great. Schools working together is so powerful. We hear what another school has done successfully and think ‘Right, we will give that a try.’

Teachers involved really benefit from the time and freedom to spread the ideas of mastery throughout their school. Taking part is a commitment but it benefits the individual and the school, so I would definitely advise anyone to do it.

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Calum Boothroyd, Year 5 teacher, Swindon Academy’s Primary Phase

As an NQT, it has been so useful for me to speak to other teachers at the TRG about how they teach maths. In an hour and a half this morning, I’ve already got so many ideas to take back.

I feel like it has been a springboard for me. It gives me further insight and a variety of different ideas which I can take away. It has helped me develop my own subject knowledge too. I’ve now got more confidence and belief that I can lead on things.

What should you do next?

Get in touch with your local Maths Hub to find out if it is recruiting for Primary Teaching for Mastery Development Work Groups.

  • Primary


All Maths Hubs

Can I take part?

Yes - if your local hub still has places

Project Code

NCP 20-10

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