Textbooks

  • The use of well-designed and tested textbooks is critical for the successful implementation of teaching for mastery. A good textbook is an aid both 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 Department for Education (DfE) funding for teaching for mastery, first announced in July 2016, is being made available to Primary Mastery Specialists and those schools participating in the Maths Hubs projects (Work Groups) that they lead, to help buy high-quality maths textbooks that meet criteria drawn up by the DfE.
  • Each school year, publishers are invited to submit textbooks for review against the criteria by an expert panel established by the DfE.
  • In the most recent review, for school year 2017/18, the panel concluded that Maths - No Problem! (published by Maths - No Problem!) and Power Maths Key Stage 1 (published by Pearson) had met the published criteria
  • Primary schools that started in the Teaching for Mastery Programme in 2017/18 (this includes schools in primary Teaching for Mastery Work Groups and Cohort 3 primary Mastery Specialists) are eligible to claim match-funding from their Maths Hub, up to a maximum of £2000 per school, towards purchasing these textbooks. They have until the end of December 2018 to make the claim.
  • In respect of school year 2018/19, publishers had until 31 August 2018 to submit applications for the panel’s consideration. An announcement on which books meet the criteria is expected sometime in the latter half of the 2018 autumn term.
  • Publishers interested in learning more about this process should email maths.programme@education.gov.uk.
  • Names of primary schools eligible to claim match-funding based on participation in the Teaching for Mastery Programme in 2016/17 can be found here. Those eligible for 2017/18 can be found here. Part 1 of the list of those eligible for 2018/19 can be found here. Part 2 will follow during the autumn 2018 term.