West Yorkshire Maths Hub Mastery Readiness Programme

To be completed by: Wed 17 Oct 2018

Time: -Wed 17 Oct 2018 | Venue:

We are completing our final recruitment for the DfE-funded 2018/19 Mastery Readiness programme. Please register an interest now if you would like your school to be considered for a place on the programme.

Mastery Readiness Programme

Beginning in the Spring term 2019, the West Yorkshire Math Hubs will be providing training and bespoke support for schools in Bradford to successfully begin to implement knowledge and skills related to teaching for mastery.

We will employ a lead professional to support up to seven schools with a combination of training and bespoke support to begin to develop teaching for mastery in their schools. It is hoped that schools that are successful in spending one year developing some of these pre-requisites of teaching for mastery and then one-year part of the established Teaching for Mastery Work Group Programme.


Since 2014, The NCETM and Maths Hubs have been working together to develop approaches to teaching for mastery within primary mathematics. This has been partly informed by the teaching of mathematics in high performing South East Asian jurisdictions. In 2015-17, the NCETM and Maths Hubs recruited teachers to participate in a Mastery Specialists development programme. They have worked with schools to meet regularly and provide support for schools developing a mastery approach to mathematics.

It is recognised that some schools in high priority areas and serving areas with the lowest rates of social mobility have been unable to engage with the full programme for a variety of reasons. The Mastery Readiness programme provides funding and expertise for schools to adopt an approach which prepares the school to access the main Teaching for Mastery Work Group programme in the second year.

Mastery Readiness

We will accept up to seven schools to engage in the following activities which will include:

  • Each school identifying two teachers including the maths lead to support developments within their school
  • Attend two local training events per term, represented by the subject leader (SL) and one other teacher. The headteacher should attend on the first day. The training would include an introduction to mastery, how to prepare a school to be ready to implement teaching for mastery, initial steps, both in leadership and in classroom teaching, and strategies to overcome potential barriers
  • Receive two half-day school visits, per term, from the lead to identify specific school issues, support the development of a long-term action plan, and bespoke support in developing mastery readiness.
  • Schools that have been successful in beginning to implement strategies and have shown commitment to the programme which lay the foundations for teaching for mastery will be considered to become part of the main Teaching for Mastery Work Groups beginning in autumn 2019.

Benefits for participating schools

Participating in the Mastery Readiness Programme will provide the following benefits to participant schools:

  • Free, high quality support for teacher professional development for the lead teachers, facilitated by the Mastery Readiness Lead.
  • Support for the head teacher in addressing leadership issues related to mathematics and contributing to raising standards
  • Support and resources to develop the school’s readiness to engage with a mastery approach to teaching mathematics
  • Opportunity to work closely with other schools also developing mastery readiness


If selected to be part of the second year of this programme:

  • No charge for participation and a grant of £1000 to help subsidise teacher release time
  • Up to £2000 matched funding to support the school in buying text books from the DfE’s recommended list (subject to confirmation)

Who should be considered?

Schools who have not previously engaged in Mastery Work Groups led by Maths Hubs. It is expected that most schools will be selected from category 5 and 6 areas identified as having the greatest need and the lowest rates of social mobility. Schools who have an interest or need to improve outcomes in the long term, in mathematics, would find this beneficial.

Expectations of participating schools

Schools chosen to participate in the programme commit to the following expectations:

  • To release two teachers (one of which is the maths lead) to attend a total of two local training events per term
  • For the headteacher to attend the first of these training events along with their teachers
  • For the headteacher to spend time with the Mastery Readiness Lead during school visits
  • To release teachers to work with the Mastery Readiness Lead in their own school working on a bespoke action plan and in between these twice termly visits
  • To commit to developing aspects of Mastery Readiness in their school through continuous work in conjunction with their co-constructed action plan
  • The schools will seek to collect evidence of impact of the programme to support the evaluation process
  • If selected for Year 2, to adhere to the expectations of the Teaching for Mastery Work Group programme.



There is no charge to schools participating in the programme.  

Providing the school has demonstrated a commitment to developing Mastery Readiness, they will be eligible to be part the main Work Group programme in the second year, which includes £1000 to contribute towards release for two teachers on a half termly basis to attend Teacher Research Groups and to work with a Mastery Specialist on developing mastery in their school. There will also be up to £2000 match funding available, to purchase high quality textbooks if this is something the school chooses to do to support the implementation of Teaching for Mastery.


**To register your interest in the Mastery Readiness Programme, please go to:



Published: 17/10/2018
Audience: Primary Headteachers, leaders of maths
Contact: James Procter

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