For Primary Schools

Primary Maths Mastery Specialists

We are now into the fifth 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.

We are now recruiting primary schools to take part in Teaching for Mastery Work Groups during 2019-2020.

Each Work Group will be led by a NCETM trained Mastery Specialist. During the year, schools will work closely together to introduce and develop approaches to teaching for mastery.

What is involved?

  • Teachers work together with the Mastery Specialist in half-termly TRG meetings and through an online community
  • Each school receives a termly support visit from the Mastery Specialist to observe teaching, support in-school TRGs, and work with the lead teachers and head teacher in developing an action plan for the school
  • The head teacher works with the Mastery Specialist and other Maths Hub’s leadership to develop whole school policies and structures to support teaching for mastery
  • The lead teachers, supported by the head teacher, work with colleagues to develop teaching for mastery approaches in the classroom, supported by professional development activity
  • Following the first year the schools are expected to then continue being part of the Work Group. Schools will be supported by the Maths Hub to continue to act as a network that supports schools in their development of teaching for mastery

What are the benefits?

  • High quality support for teacher professional development for the lead teachers, facilitated by the Mastery Specialist
  • Support for the head teacher in addressing leadership issues related to teaching for mastery from the Mastery Specialist and the Maths Hub’s leadership
  • Opportunity to work closely with other schools also developing teaching for mastery
  • No charge for participation and a grant of £1000 to help subsidise teacher release time
  • Matched funding of £2000 to support the school in buying text books

    How do I apply?

    Complete the application form below and send it to before Monday 20th May.

    Primary Mastery Specialist Programme 2019-20 Information and Application