Central to the Maths Hubs’ work in spreading teaching for mastery expertise and supporting schools in introducing teaching for mastery approaches is the growing cadre of Mastery Specialist primary teachers. Each year, starting in 2015-2016, 140 primary teachers - four from each Maths Hub - complete a programme of professional development to become Mastery Specialists. In every subsequent year, each of these teachers leads a Teaching for Mastery Work Group, with participant teachers from six primary schools within their Maths Hub area, so that these schools can introduce teaching for mastery themselves. In this way, by the end of the 2019-2020 school year, there will be 700 Mastery Specialists established and operational, who will collectively have worked with more than 8,000 other primary schools, which represents around half of all primary schools in England.
This funded programme is led by the NCETM’s Director for Primary, Debbie Morgan.