Textbooks

  • 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 are eligible to claim match-funding from their Maths Hub, up to a maximum of £2,000 per school, towards purchasing this textbook. All these schools are aware of their eligibility. They have until the end of December 2017 to make claims.
  • There will be another review panel process for the 2017-2018 academic year, and the list of recommended textbooks will be updated following that process. Details of that panel process, including deadlines for applications, will be published here later in the summer of 2017. Related inquiries will be handled by the DfE at this email address: maths.programme@education.gov.uk.