Teaching For Mastery In Maths

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In 2018-19, all Maths Hubs will be running primary mathematics Teaching for Mastery Work Groups led by Mastery Specialists. This programme is for schools who have a commitment to developing a teaching for mastery approach.

Although the participation involves two teachers attending events outside of the school it is expected that these two teachers lead development across the whole school. Each Maths Hub is now seeking to recruit schools for Work Groups, each involving six or seven schools. This document gives information about the Work Groups and how schools can apply to be involved. The closing date for application is Friday 18th May 2018.

The Teaching for Mastery Work Groups

Each Work Group will be led by one of the Maths Hub’s Mastery Specialists and involve six or seven primary schools. During the year, they will work closely together to introduce and develop approaches to teaching for mastery. The Work Group activity will include:

  • Each school identifying two teachers to lead developments within their school
  • The two teachers working together with the Mastery Specialist and teachers from the other Work Group schools in half-termly TRG meetings and through an online community
  • Each school receiving a termly support visit from the Mastery Specialist to observe teaching, support in-school TRGs, and work with the lead teachers and head teacher in developing an action plan for the school
  • The head teacher working with the Mastery Specialist and other Maths Hub’s leadership to develop whole school policies and structures to support teaching for mastery
  • The lead teachers, supported by the head teacher, working with colleagues to develop teaching for mastery approaches in the classroom, supported by professional development activity including Teacher Research Group methods
  • Following the first year the schools are expected to then continue being part of the Work Group. This Work Group will no longer be led by the Mastery Specialist but will be supported by the Maths Hub to continue to act as a network that supports schools in their development of teaching for mastery

Benefits for participating schools

Participating in the Work Group will provide the following benefits to participant schools:

  • High quality support for teacher professional development for the lead teachers, facilitated by the Mastery Specialist
  • Support for the head teacher in addressing leadership issues related to teaching for mastery from the Mastery Specialist and the Maths Hub’s leadership
  • Opportunity to work closely with other schools also developing teaching for mastery
  • No charge for participation and a grant of £1000 to help subsidise teacher release time
  • Matched funding of £2000 to support the school in buying text books

Who can apply

The Work Groups are intended for schools that are already committed to using teaching for mastery approaches for primary mathematics. Schools should also have the capacity for engaging in significant development work during 2018-20. Schools that have already begun to engage with teaching for mastery are more likely to be prioritised by the Maths Hub.


There is no charge to schools participating in the Work Group. Each school will receive a £1000 grant towards the cost of the required teacher release time and £2000 matched funding for the purchase of textbooks.

How to apply

Schools interested in applying to be part of a Work Group in 2018-19 should complete the application form by clicking on the following link wymathshub@trinitytsa.co.uk  and submit to The West Yorkshire Maths Hub by Friday 18th May 2018

The Maths Hub will then make contact with you with more details about the selection process.

Please see attached flyers.

Maths hub flyer

Information and application


Published: 04/05/2018
Audience: Primary Schools
Contact: Michaella Hampshire

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