Participating in a Maths Hub Secondary Teaching for Mastery Work Group
Heard about teaching for mastery? Looking for ways to strengthen your students' approach to the new GCSE? Wondering why your Y7s are stronger mathematicians this year?
The NCETM and Maths Hubs are recruiting secondary schools to join a fully-funded professional development programme, led by established Secondary Mastery Specialists, from September 2018. The programme will enable school mathematics departments to introduce and embed a teaching for mastery approach.
Already successful in thousands of primary schools, teaching for mastery promotes deep mathematical understanding and creates confident mathematicians. The national programme is led by a growing number of local Mastery Specialists, classroom-based teachers trained by the NCETM and Maths Hubs, with experience of developing teaching for mastery approaches in their own school.
Schools applying will nominate two teachers to lead their own department’s development, with bespoke support from a Mastery Specialist. The teachers will join a local Work Group for collaborative CPD sessions, facilitated by the Mastery Specialist. The programme is year-long, but teaching for mastery developments are designed for long-term change, bringing improved mathematical understanding to a whole generation of students.
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Teachers tell us about what involvement has meant for them and their students:
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.
The open classroom experience with discussion before and after is an excellent model of professional development.
Seeing teaching for mastery in maths as part of an open classroom session was an informative and hands-on experience through which I gained knowledge of delivering differentiation and challenge through mastery.
To anyone considering joining a Work Group, I could not recommend it enough. It is arguably the best continual professional development you can get.
"Participating teachers really appreciate the collaboration. Being able to discuss the theory, have time to implement it and then come back together to evaluate it, helps to embed it into our own practice. Being able to collaborate across schools is so valuable.
"Finding the time to begin with can be difficult but the long term benefits will outweigh this initial hurdle. Our students are more confident, articulate and engaged and the teachers in our department will now say that their planning time has actually reduced.
"Implementing teaching for mastery has been a huge success. The biggest difference in our department is the shift in culture of both our teachers and our students. Doing, discussing and engaging in mathematics has created a buzz in the classroom and in the office!
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.
We’re looking for anyone who is motivated, enthusiastic and has some capacity and is in a department who are open to making changes, but you don’t need to have done anything yet.
Working with the Surrey Plus Mastery [Work Group] has given me the tools and confidence to develop mastery-style teaching in my own practice, as well as encouraging it throughout my department. The 'open lessons' provide inspiration by showing the strategies in real-life use. This allows for genuine developmental conversation afterwards, about the student responses as well as the teaching methods. My department are keen to keep collaborating in TRGs to share practice that develops deeper mathematical knowledge within our students.
- One of our recent podcasts is a discussion with two maths teachers, both heavily involved in thisproject
- Also, in our most recent Secondary Magazine, we visit a school in Surrey that has adopted a teaching for mastery approach and found it able to meet the needs of students in all sets.
There is no charge to schools taking part in this Work Group, which is funded by the Maths Hub. In addition, each participating school will receive £2000 to help pay for release time and for work within the maths department.
How to apply
Read the detailed information and expression of interest form and send it to your local Maths Hub (contact details are given on the form). Your hub will then handle the application process to fit its own timeline.
There is a downloadable flyer (PDF) for publicity/printing purposes.