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Mastery Professional Development materials for primary teachers published


Created on 06 November 2017 by ncetm_administrator

The NCETM has started to publish professional development materials to support primary teachers introducing a teaching for mastery approach in maths. They have been written by a team of Mastery Specialists, developed under the Maths Hubs Programme, working with other experts in primary maths teaching and learning, and led by the NCETM’s Director for Primary Mathematics, Debbie Morgan.

The materials aim to help teachers strengthen their subject knowledge, as well as their understanding of the order of learning steps required to give pupils the best chance of building deep and secure mathematical understanding. 

The curriculum has been divided into five areas, or ‘spines,’ with each spine sub-divided into segments. For each segment, there is a detailed teacher guide, including text and images. The images are also presented as animated PowerPoint slides, which further enhance teacher knowledge and can be used in the classroom. The materials are not, in any way, lesson plans, but they can be used in conjunction with a high-quality mastery textbook to support planning.

Publication will be in phases over the course of the 2017-2018 school year and beyond. Today we are publishing the first six segments of the ‘Number, Addition and Subtraction’ spine

The materials, while already extensively reviewed, will be subject to trialling in schools taking part in Maths Hubs projects in 2017 and 2018, and may be refined as a result. That explains why, for now, they are labelled ‘Autumn 2017 Pilot.’


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