Secondary Mastery Specialists

Up to four secondary teachers in each Maths Hub are participating in a year-long programme to become secondary Mastery Specialists. It follows the same format as the established programme to develop primary Mastery Specialists, namely three two-day residentials, separated by gap tasks involving inschool projects and practice discussion and development with colleagues. The programme, which started in Autumn 2016, is designed and led by NCETM’s Pete Griffin, and three Maths Hub Leads: Frances Carr (Surrey Plus), Pete Sides (South Yorkshire) and Steve Lomax (GLOW). It is described as a ‘collaborative effort to define teaching for mastery at secondary.’

Among areas being discussed are ways of helping secondary pupils deepen their understanding of mathematical connections, for example the link between algebra and geometry in the picture below.

secondary mastery specialists problem

The programme has attracted teachers with a range of overall teaching experience, and of teaching for mastery as well. Some are from academy chains that have already adopted a mastery approach, written a scheme of work with supporting materials, and established strong patterns of collaborative professional learning to support the changes. Others are lone heads of department, interested in the approach and wondering about how to implement it in their own schools.

For a full account of the programme,see the article in the NCETM’s Secondary Magazine at