Heard about teaching for mastery? Interested in high quality professional development?
Who can take part?
Whether you want to take a teaching for mastery approach in your own classroom and department, or introduce mastery in both your own school and beyond, we have a CPD opportunity for you. The NCETM and Maths Hubs are offering funded professional development activities, available in 2021/22.
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).
Please contact your local Maths Hub for further details and an application form. You can find contact details on the Find your hub page. Please note: this programme is for state-funded secondary schools in England.
What is involved?
Secondary maths teachers whose schools want to introduce and embed teaching for mastery can nominate two teachers (Mastery Advocates) to join a Work Group. You will be part of a locally-based group of teachers who meet regularly to develop professional knowledge and expertise, as well as receiving bespoke support.
In a Teaching for Mastery Work Group you will:
- collaborate with colleagues from other local schools to share best practice
- get individual school support and guidance from a local leader of maths education (LLME)
- take away ideas to help your students become more confident mathematicians, ready to tackle GCSEs and A levels
- introduce and embed teaching for mastery in your classroom and department
The fully funded programme enables you and another teacher from your school to become ‘Mastery Advocates’. Initially you will be part of a Work Group for a year. You will also get in-school support from a Mastery Specialist. Beyond this, you will continue to work with your local Maths Hub and take part in a Work Group as you embed mastery across your department.
This opportunity is suitable for teachers with the commitment, experience and authority to lead developmental work across the department. It requires the support of your headteacher or a member of SLT.
What is the cost?
The Secondary Teaching for Mastery – Development project is fully funded by the Maths Hubs Programme so is free to participating schools.
What will you learn?
Hear from teachers who have taken part in a Work Group
Teachers who have been involved tell us more about the benefits of mastery for them and their students
Vicci Williamson, Maths teacher and Director of Research and Development, Hungerhill School, and Secondary Mastery Specialist, Yorkshire and the Humber Maths Hub
“For me as a Mastery Specialist, it is rewarding to see the lessons students are now experiencing with teachers who are teaching for a deeper understanding.
“SLT and the leaders of my department have been completely supportive and trusting as I have introduced teaching for mastery in maths because they see the benefits it has for the students.
“I would say to senior leaders and headteachers whose maths departments are considering introducing teaching for mastery to go for it. When you hear the conversations students have in maths lessons, see their engagement and depth of understanding, and listen to them telling you about their experiences of learning maths, you will see why it is worth it.”
Simon Petri, Secondary Mastery Specialist, working with Surrey Plus Maths Hub
“It requires a bit of bravery to say actually, we’ve got to step away from old models and look at how we can facilitate this. A huge part of my role is to understand the context that schools are in and see how this fits into their lessons. I think the first thing is to get an understanding of what we mean by the term 'teaching for mastery', to remove the fear, to say 'teaching for mastery is this... and these are all the things you are already doing in your school
"I want teachers to gain an understanding of teaching for mastery and something they can go away and try...and pass their understanding on to their department.”
Hear from a Mastery Specialist and head of maths in a school where teaching for mastery has been introduced in Years 7 and 8
Want to share this information with your head of department or colleagues? Download and print or email our flyer which has details about both of the opportunities on this page.