The NCETM and Maths Hubs are recruiting more than two thousand primary schools to join ongoing professional development work in the field of teaching for mastery from September 2018.
All 35 Maths Hubs in England will set up around a dozen Work Groups, each consisting of six or seven closely-grouped primary schools and led by a trained primary Mastery Specialist. Mastery Specialists are school-based teachers who have already successfully developed teaching for mastery in their own schools and been trained to support other schools in introducing the same approaches.
Work Groups and professional development
The Work Groups (sometimes known as Teacher Research Groups, or TRGs) will meet every half term to plan, observe and discuss teaching for mastery, and between meetings, the teachers will explore mastery approaches both in their own classrooms and across their school, as well as receiving support from their local classroom-based Mastery Specialist. This model of professional development, involving hands-on learning and peer-to-peer support, is used across the Maths Hubs network and designed to support substantial long-term change.
As well as receiving this free training, the recruited schools will receive £1000 towards paying for teachers to be released, and, in addition, they will be eligible to claim £2000 match-funding towards the cost of buying textbooks. They will follow in the footsteps of more than 2000 schools that have already participated in the same programme.
More information and get involved
We’ve brought together a number of elements about the programme on our mastery recruitment page – including case studies and a short video, as well as full details of the programme and how to apply to take part.
Update, 16 July 2018: The following Maths Hubs still have places available for primary schools to join Work Groups for 2018-2019: London Central and NW; London Thames; Cambridge; North North West; Sussex; Kent and Medway. Meanwhile all Maths Hubs will have opportunities for 2019-20. These will be announced in spring 2019.