Primary

Primary Work Groups for 2022/23

All application forms for Work Groups are accessed through the underlined project title.

MASTERING NUMBER

This project aims to secure firm foundations in the development of good number sense for all children from Reception through to Year 1 and Year 2. The aim over time is that children will leave KS1 with fluency in calculation and a confidence and flexibility with number. Attention will be given to key knowledge and understanding needed in Reception classes, and progression through KS1 to support success in the future.

Lead participants from Work Group schools will be three teachers – one each from Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 – known as Lead Teachers. Some support will also be given to subject leaders and headteachers. Where appropriate, Lead Teachers are expected to support the other teachers in their year group.

TEACHING FOR MASTERY READINESS

The Work Groups in this project will develop vital skills and practices for schools who have an identifiable barrier to developing teaching for mastery across the school. Participant schools will access free workshops and regular high-quality, bespoke support of a trained Mastery Readiness Lead and will then progress to be part of the full Teaching for Mastery Development Work Group in Autumn 2022, with the associated funding.

Mastery Readiness is designed for schools who are not yet in a position to develop teaching for mastery but want to in the future. This needs to include at least one of the following:

-The school has been judged at RI or Inadequate for at least their most recent Ofsted inspection
-There is poor progress or attainment data for maths across the school
-It has been identified, by their Local Authority, as being suitable for the programme
-The school serves an area of low social mobility such as Opportunity Areas, Category 5/6 areas
-It has been identified that there is a need for additional support for leadership of maths
-There has been high turnover of staff, meaning that the implementation of sustained change has been difficult but there is now a more stable situation where progress can be made.

TEACHING FOR MASTERY DEVELOPING

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 (Lead Participants) to lead developments within their school
  • the two teachers working together with the Mastery Specialist and teachers from the other Work Group schools in regular Teacher Research Group (TRG) style meetings and through an online community
  • each school receiving a termly support visit from the Mastery Specialist to observe teaching, to support in-school TRGs, and to work with the Lead Participants and headteacher in developing an action plan for the school
  • the headteacher working with the Mastery Specialist and other members of the Maths Hub’s leadership team to develop whole school policies and structures to support teaching for mastery
  • the Lead Participants, supported by the headteacher, working with colleagues to develop teaching for mastery approaches in the classroom, supported by professional development activity including TRG methods.

Following the first year, schools are expected to continue being part of the Work Group to firstly embed and then sustain a teaching for mastery approach across the whole school. These follow-on Work Groups will usually be led by the Mastery Specialist and will be supported by the Maths Hub to continue to work as a collaborative group that supports schools in their development of teaching for mastery.

TEACHING FOR MASTERY EMBEDDING

A project designed to support schools in their second year of teaching for mastery

If you have previously undertaken Teaching for Mastery Development with East Midlands West, you will automatically be transferred into the Embedding Work Group.

TEACHING FOR MASTERY SUSTAINING

A project designed to support schools making teaching for mastery ‘business as usual’

If you have previously undertaken the Teaching for Mastery Developing and Embedding with East Midlands West, you will automatically be transferred into the Sustaining Work Group.

If you have previously engaged in Developing or Embedding and would like to reengage in the Sustaining programme, please contact us at mathshub@george-spencer.notts.sch.uk.

YEAR 5-8 CONTINUITY PROGRAMME

Work Groups in this project aim to strengthen the transition from primary to secondary school by focusing on curriculum and pedagogical continuity over Years 5 to 8.

Central to the Work Group is the promotion of cross phase communication between teachers to address issues of maths knowledge and learning transition as distinct from pastoral considerations. This Work Group will focus on using multiplicative reasoning resources as a vehicle for exploring curriculum and pedagogical continuity but at times will explore any aspect of the KS2/3 curriculum.

SPECIALIST KNOWLEDGE FOR TEACHING MATHEMATICS- PRIMARY

This project is designed to support primary teachers in developing specialist knowledge for teaching mathematics, thus enabling them to understand, teach and support pupils in maths in the classroom..

This programme is designed for teachers who would like to further develop their specialist knowledge for teaching maths. It will be particularly relevant for teachers that have moved phases or teachers that have not received maths-specific training.

SPECIALIST KNOWLEDGE FOR TEACHING MATHEMATICS -PRIMARY TEACHING ASSISTANTS

This project is designed to support primary teaching assistants in developing specialist knowledge for teaching mathematics, thus enabling them to understand, teach and support pupils in maths in the classroom.

These programmes are designed for primary teaching assistants who are supporting maths, and who would like to develop their specialist knowledge for teaching maths. This may be particularly relevant for new TAs or TAs that have not received maths-specific training.

SPECIALIST KNOWLEDGE FOR TEACHING MATHEMATICS -PRIMARY EARLY CAREER TEACHERS

This project aims to offer high quality maths support for Early Career teachers, recognising the requirements of the ECF and the impact of Covid on their ITT experience.

This programme is designed for primary early career teachers (those in their first or second year of teaching).