Teaching for Mastery

At the heart of Maths Hubs’ work is a range of projects and activities that collectively make up the Teaching for Mastery Programme, a four-year programme backed by £41m funding announced by the Department for Education in July 2016.

This is a voluntary programme in which primary teachers and schools receive training, support and resources to help them experience, experiment with, and implement teaching for mastery approaches in maths lessons, and to develop leadership and professional learning approaches that support teachers and pupils in this pursuit.

The principal programme elements include:

  • Creating a cadre of Mastery Specialist  primary teachers, expert in their own classrooms and in supporting colleagues in their own and other schools.
  • Supporting participant primary schools to take part professional development activities, led by local Mastery Specialist teachers, enabling them to introduce teaching for mastery approaches themselves. By the summer of 2020, more than 8,000 primary schools will receive training and develop practice in this way.
  • Giving financial support to these participant schools to help them buy high quality textbooks, consistent with teaching for mastery
  • A teacher exchange programme between English schools and counterparts in Shanghai
  • Paying for the creation of new materials and resources that will help classroom teachers and school leaders implement various elements of teaching for mastery.

For more detail on teaching for mastery, including case studies, lesson videos and teacher interviews, see the NCETM mastery pages.