Teaching for mastery: assessment materials published

As part of its ongoing work to help primary teachers understand the principles of teaching for mastery, and implement the approach in the classroom, the NCETM has published new materials to support ongoing assessment of pupils’ understanding of the mathematics National Curriculum.

The materials, designed to help teachers make judgements on the degree to which pupils have acquired mastery of the curriculum, have been conceived and created by the NCETM, working in conjunction with the Maths Hubs programme.

They have been produced in collaboration with Oxford University Press, and are divided into six separate documents, one for each of Years 1 to 6 inclusive, and mapped against key topics in the National Curriculum.

The authors were led by the NCETM’s Director for Primary, Debbie Morgan:

‘These materials have been put together by professionals, including teachers in schools. They will contribute to the much needed support for assessment within the context of a mastery curriculum. Learning mathematics has for many pupils been too superficial, with teachers repeatedly needing to re-teach concepts that should have been mastered previously. These materials are designed to aid assessment of both depth of knowledge and the ability to reason and make connections in mathematics, which is essential for sustainability of learning.’

Each document contains two categories of mathematical questions, tasks and activities: one designed to help assess mastery of a concept, to which all pupils should aspire, and one to assess mastery with greater depth.

Each document starts with an introduction to the principles of teaching for mastery and the implications for assessment in mathematics in the context of the new curriculum. The structure and suggested use of the new assessment materials is also explained.

View the mastery assessment materials from this link.