MASTERY DEVELOPMENT WORK GROUP 2021-2022

If your school is ready to start developing a teaching for mastery approach, you can join a Work Group starting in the new academic year.

During the 2021/22 school year, Maths Hubs across England will be working with thousands of primary schools to continue the spread of teaching for mastery across England.

The Teaching for Mastery Programme is a professional development opportunity designed to support teachers like you to develop best practice in maths in your school. It is suitable for schools interested in implementing a teaching for mastery approach to maths.

WHO CAN TAKE PART?

This programme is for state-funded primary schools in England. Two teachers from each participant school will attend six half-day meetings during the school year, and lead teaching for mastery development in their own school.

There is no charge for participation in the programme and schools receive some funding as a contribution to cover costs.

NB: Schools can only take part in this particular Work Group once. However, there are other Work Groups dealing with teaching for mastery which are available in the year after a school is in a TRG. Talk to your Maths Hub about your options.

WHAT IS INVOLVED?

Two teachers from each participating school join a Work Group, consisting of six or seven local primary schools. Each Work Group is led by a trained Primary Mastery Specialist.

Work Groups (sometimes known as Teacher Research Groups, or TRGs) meet regularly to plan, observe and discuss teaching for mastery. In between meetings, teachers explore mastery approaches in their own classrooms and across their school. Work Groups run for a year initially, with many continuing beyond the first year as mastery is embedded in participants’ schools.

Support is provided from a local classroom-based Mastery Specialist who leads the group. 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.

COST

The Work Group is offered free to all state-funded secondary schools in England. Each school will receive a grant towards the cost of the required teacher release time and financial help towards the purchase of textbooks (subject to DfE confirmation EOI form must be completed).

For more information regarding this Work Group please email mathshub@george-spencer.notts.sch.uk

COVID-19 RECOVERY

The ongoing impact of the coronavirus outbreak and knock on effects on schools life remain uncertain. So, all Maths Hubs work will adapt to changing realities. There’s likely to be more live online collaboration, for example. In addition Work Groups content will address both schools recovery from coronavirus related disruption and the central maths subject matter of each project.