For Primary Schools

Primary Maths Mastery Specialists

We are now into the third year of the NCETM training and development programme for Primary Mastery Specialists, which is designed to develop the following knowledge and skills in participant teachers:

  • Understanding of the principles of mastery within the context of teaching mathematics
  • Deep subject knowledge of primary mathematics to support teaching for mastery
  • The development of effective teaching techniques to support pupils in developing mastery of mathematics
  • The ability to assess pupils for mastery
  • The ability to support other teachers, and lead teacher research groups

Once fully trained, the specialist teachers lead the professional development of further groups of teachers in schools within their local area. Over time, this will spread the understanding of, and expertise in, teaching maths for mastery widely across the primary school system.

Mastery Specialist 

This is a significant commitment that will see the maths leader attend a one-year training programme (3 x 2 day residentials) led by NCETM’s Debbie Morgan. The programme will be for schools that are already committed to the principles of mastery. During the first year, the focus will be on embedding teaching for mastery across their own school and running pilot Teacher Research Groups (TRGs) internally and with local schools. In subsequent years, the trained Mastery Specialist will be responsible for working with 6 Workgroup schools, leading TRGs and supporting them on their development.

Workgroup School

Groups of 6 schools work with a Mastery Specialist who has completed the year-long training led by the NCETM’s Debbie Morgan. The maths leader plus one other teacher attends 6 TRGs throughout the year, observing a maths lesson and then unpick the lesson design and mathematical content in detail. Schools receive in-school support from the Mastery Specialist to help embed teaching for mastery across the school.

Each school participating in a Workgroup will receive a £1000 grant towards teacher release time and £2000 match-funding towards textbooks on a DfE approved list.

We have now finished recruiting Mastery Specialists and Primary schools for 2018/2019.

If you would like to express an interest in next year’s programme, please get in touch.