Research and Innovation Work Groups

Opportunities to explore and research how maths is learned and best taught

What are Research and Innovation Work Groups (RIWGs)?

Every year, there are around 30 Network Collaborative Projects (NCPs) run across the Maths Hubs Network. They focus on teaching for mastery and other classroom pedagogies, as well as subject knowledge in all phases.

In addition to these there are RIWGs. These Work Groups aim to rigorously explore new approaches, and to better understand how children and young people learn maths, influencing existing or new NCPs. RIWGs are proposed locally and organised nationally into themes – over 100 RIWGs were undertaken in 2023/24. They vary across different hubs, but all hubs engage in RIWGs, so you can contact your local hub to find out the themes they are exploring this year.

Who can take part?

Contact your local Maths Hub to find out which RIWGs are available and best suited to you.

What is involved?

Maths Hubs' research and innovation work is intended to be rigorous and influential. These Work Groups will involve collaborative professional learning, developing influence, and growing expertise in leading maths pedagogy and curriculum, leading teacher development, and leading whole-school development of maths.

Work Groups will meet online and face-to-face. Find out more about them in our feature Research and Innovation in the Maths Hubs Network, and discover what has happened in RIWGs in 2022/23 in Research and innovation thriving in the Maths Hubs Programme.

What is the cost?

Research and Innovation Work Groups are fully funded by the Maths Hubs Programme so are free to participating schools.

What should you do next?

Get in touch with your local Maths Hub to find out which RIWGs they are running this year.

Find your hub
Secondary Post-16 Early Years Primary


Most Maths Hubs – check with your local hub and those in neighbouring areas

Can I take part?

Yes - contact your local hub

Project Code