TEACHING FOR MASTERY DEVELOPMENTAL WORK GROUPS
Teaching for mastery means students gaining a deep and lasting understanding of mathematical procedures and concepts. The National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics and Maths Hubs offer funded professional development programmes in teaching for mastery involving individual teachers and their departments working over time to embed mastery into maths learning.
Maths Hub Work Groups, each led by a Mastery Specialist, offer locally-based, collaborative CPD. Two teachers (‘Mastery Advocates’) from each of a small group of schools or colleges, meet half termly. Together they develop classroom and departmental approaches consistent with teaching for mastery. The Mastery Specialist leads the process and gives bespoke support to each school or college.
There is no fee or charge to participating schools to take part in this Work Group. Each department will receive £2000 to enable the Mastery Advocates to work with the Secondary Mastery Specialist and thus enable them to work within their own department.
What are the benefits for participating schools?
The Work Groups provide an opportunity for your school to engage in high-quality, sustained, collaborative professional development and participate in an important national project. The aim of these groups is to support participating teachers in developing teaching for mastery in their own classroom and across their department and to support the setting up of Teacher Research Groups (TRGs) in the participant schools. (Teacher Research Groups will comprise several or all members of the mathematics department and will typically explore aspects of pedagogy to determine what works well for them).
As this Work Group is still in a development phase, it will also be important to learn lessons about the design and planning of TRG activities so that the processes can be refined for future use.
How to apply
You can download the 2024-25 application form by clicking here.