Secondary Teaching for Mastery

Teaching for Mastery Development

Secondary schools that 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, in-school support from a Mastery Specialist. 

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 Teaching is based on five 'BIG IDEAS'

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To look more deeply into these ideas, please click on these links:

If you are interested into adopting these ideas in your department and would like to get involved in our Mastery Projects, please click here for a direct link to the NCETM page for full details or review the Teaching for Mastery Maths Secondary School Pathway.

Resources:

For a range of teaching resources across all phases, useful during the pandemic and beyond click here: Teaching maths through the pandemic | NCETM

Advice with shaping the year 7 curriculum, building on year 6

For a range of teaching resources to support Secondary Teachers

Checkpoints - A year's worth of Year 7 maths activities to help teachers assess understanding and lay foundations for KS3.

Secondary Teaching for Mastery Opportunities

 

Secondary Teaching for Mastery Development Work Groups (Advocates)

Summary

This project is part of the continuing programme to develop teaching for mastery in maths in secondary schools.

Funding

The Secondary Teaching for Mastery Development Work Groups project is fully funded by the Maths Hubs Programme. 

Secondary Teaching for Mastery Specialists - 2022/23

Summary

Following the success of the Secondary Mastery Specialist Programme thus far, Maths Hubs, working in conjunction with the NCETM, are now seeking applications from secondary schools that wish to nominate ‘lead teachers’ to take part in an important three-year professional development programme leading to the designation of Secondary Mastery Specialist.

Funding

This is a  fully funded by the NCETM.

Secondary Teaching for Mastery Q & A

 

What are Teaching for Mastery Advocates?

Secondary schools that 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, in-school support from a Mastery Specialist. 

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 

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What are Teaching for Mastery Specialists?

Mastery Specialists are classroom practitioners who develop expertise in the mastery approach to teaching maths. Through rigorous and interactive training, they become experts in introducing and embedding mastery. After first developing a mastery approach in their own classrooms, they go on to support colleagues in their own and other schools.

  • Year One: you participate in several professional development events and focus on developing your own classroom teaching.
     

  • Year Two: your focus is on developing teaching for mastery approaches within your own department and honing your skills in leading professional development.
     

  • Year Three: and beyond: you support key teachers in other local schools to develop a teaching for mastery approach within their own departments.

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Throughout you will keep in touch with other specialists across the country in online groups, where you can share experiences and continue developmental conversations.


To support you in developing your role as a leader of professional development, you will be enrolled in the NCETM’s PD Lead Development and Accreditation Programme during the second year of the Secondary Mastery Specialist Programme.

What is the difference between  advocates and specialists?

The difference is, as an advocate your focus is on your school. You also receive a one to one support from a specialist. As a specialist the focus will be to help implement Teaching for Mastery within other schools. The training is from the NCTEM central team.

Can you become a specialist if you are an advocate?

Yes! Your school would still continue with the Teaching for Mastery programme and another staff member would take your place as an advocate.