For Primary Schools
Primary Teaching For Mastery Development Work Groups
The diagram shows a school’s journey towards mastery. Use it to determine where your school’s journey starts. For a larger version with more detail of the journey please read this NCETM report.
If your school is ready to start developing a teaching for mastery approach, you can join a Work Group starting in the new academic year.
During the 2021/22 school year, Maths Hubs across England will be working with thousands of primary schools to continue the spread of teaching for mastery across England.
The Teaching for Mastery Programme is a professional development opportunity designed to support teachers like you to develop best practice in maths in your school. It is suitable for schools interested in implementing a teaching for mastery approach to maths.
What is involved?
Two teachers from each participating school join a Work Group, consisting of six or seven local primary schools. Each Work Group is led by a trained Primary Mastery Specialist.
Work Groups (sometimes known as Teacher Research Groups, or TRGs) meet regularly to plan, observe and discuss teaching for mastery. In between meetings, teachers explore mastery approaches in their own classrooms and across their school. Work Groups run for a year initially, with many continuing beyond the first year as mastery is embedded in participants’ schools.
Support is provided from a local classroom-based Mastery Specialist who leads the group. This model of professional development involves hands-on learning and peer-to-peer support. It is evidence-based and designed to support substantial long-term change.
Who can take part?
Places are available for state-funded primary schools in England to become part of this programme from September 2021. Two teachers from each participant school will attend six half-day meetings during the school year, and lead teaching for mastery development in their own school.
There is no charge for participation in the programme and schools receive some funding as a contribution to cover costs.
NB: Schools can only take part in this particular Work Group once. However, there are other Work Groups dealing with teaching for mastery which are available in the year after a school is in a TRG. Talk to us about your options.
What is the cost?
The Primary Teaching for Mastery Development Work Groups project is fully funded by the Maths Hubs Programme so is free to participating schools.
How can I get involved?
Recruitment for the programme has now closed. If you are interested in taking part next year, please get in touch: