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Teaching for Mastery Development Work Group

Secondary Teaching for Mastery Development Work Groups

Secondary maths teachers whose schools want to introduce and embed teaching for mastery can nominate two teachers (Mastery Advocates) to join a Work Group. You will be part of a locally-based group of teachers who meet regularly to develop professional knowledge and expertise, as well as receiving bespoke support.

In a Teaching for Mastery Work Group you will:

  • collaborate with colleagues from other local schools to share best practice
  • get individual school support and guidance from a local leader of maths education (LLME)
  • take away ideas to help your students become more confident mathematicians, ready to tackle GCSEs and A-Levels
  • introduce and embed Teaching for Mastery in your classroom and department


Mastery Advocates

The fully funded programme enables you and another teacher from your school to become 'Mastery Advocates'. Initially you will be part of a Work Group for a year. You will also get in-school support from a Mastery Specialist. Beyond this, you will continue to work with your local Maths Hub and take part in an embedding and sustaining Work Group as you embed mastery across your department. This model of professional development involves hands-on learning and peer-to-peer support. It is evidence-based and designed to support substantial long-term change.

This opportunity is suitable for all maths teachers, from NQTs to Heads of Department. It requires the support of your headteacher/a member of SLT.


Secondary Teaching for Mastery Embedding and Sustaining Work Groups

Secondary Teaching for Mastery Embedding and Sustaining Work Groups are for all departments that have previously participated in Teaching for Mastery Development Work Groups and all Cohort 1-5 Mastery Specialist Departments. Particular Work Group sessions may also be joined by participants' departmental colleagues.

The focus will be working on their planned developments, as well as sharing and critiquing them with a group of schools in a professional learning community.  Mastery Advocates will meet regularly throughout the year, and the contents of departments' development plans will be the stimulus for how joint work will be devised and undertaken.

What will you learn?

  • Your students will develop a deep, secure and connected understanding of the maths they are learning
  • You will continue to develop Teaching for Mastery approaches consistently across your department
  • You and your department will collaborate to create a coherent curriculum in a culture of professional learning
  • You will develop and implement a coherent and ambitious sustained development plan

What is the cost?

The Secondary Teaching for Mastery - Embedding and Sustaining project is fully funded by the Maths Hubs Programme so is free to participating schools.