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, first announced in July 2016, is being made available to those schools participating in the primary 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 January 2017 and again in 2018, 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 Maths - No Problem! (published by Maths - No Problem!) and Power Maths Key Stage 1 (published by Pearson) have 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.
  • Publishers interested in learning more about this process should email maths.programme@education.gov.uk. The next deadline for publishers to submit applications to the textbook review panel is 31 August 2018.