Primary Teaching For Mastery - Developing

If your school is ready to start developing a teaching for mastery approach, you can join a Work Group with other local schools,  starting in the new academic year. 

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.

The diagram below shows a school’s journey towards mastery. Use it to determine where your school’s journey starts. For a larger version please click on this link:  Primary School Pathway 


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. 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 available to help you embed and sustain the approach in your school. 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. A grant of £1000 is payable to schools on successful completion of the year. 

How can I get involved?

If you would like to apply for a place,  please click on the link below to complete the application form. 

Primary Teaching for Mastery (Developing) Application Form 24/25