• The use of well-designed and tested textbooks is critical for the successful implementation of teaching for mastery. A good textbook is both an aid for the teacher in planning lessons, and for the pupil during lessons and working on their own.
  • For this reason, a proportion of the overall DfE funding for teaching for mastery, announced in July 2016, is being made available to those schools participating in the Maths Hubs projects (Work Groups) led by Mastery Specialist teachers, to help buy high-quality maths textbooks that meet criteria drawn up by the Department for Education.
  • In the 2017 spring term, publishers were invited to submit textbooks for review by an expert panel established by the DfE. The panel reviewed submissions against the published criteria.
  • The panel concluded that the textbook Maths No Problem! (published by Maths No Problem) met the published criteria.
  • Schools participating in the Teaching for Mastery Programme in 2016/17 were eligible to claim match-funding from their Maths Hub, up to a maximum of £2,000 per school, towards purchasing this textbook. They had until the end of December 2017 to make claims.
  • The panel process for the 2017-2018 academic year closed at the end of December 2017. The panel is currently considering applications against the criteria drawn up by the Department for Education. This page will be updated following the panel outcome.
  • Publishers interested in learning more about this process should email maths.programme@education.gov.uk.