The strategic goal of the Teaching for Mastery Programme for primary schools is to establish teaching for mastery approaches so that all pupils develop deep knowledge, understanding and confidence. Those who have worked on establishing teaching for mastery in a Development Work Group become part of an Embedding Work Group in their second year, focusing on:

  • Systems and culture to support teaching for mastery
  • Support for school leadership and subject leadership
  • Subject knowledge
  • Lesson design
  • Professional development models within individual schools.


This project is for schools who have previously participated in a Development Work Group. All schools must show a strong commitment from both school and subject leadership for embedding teaching for mastery approaches, and at least the lead participant teacher from the Development Work Group school must have already started using teaching for mastery approaches. Each school will have a lead participant, normally the subject leader for maths. They are likely to have played a lead role in previous years. Any additional participants should be in a position to play an active role in leading change across the school. It is important that school leadership team including the headteacher are also involved to ensure that there is a whole school commitment for embedding changes.


There are six workshops across the academic year which include opportunity for:

  • creation of a bespoke action plan to reflect on impact of changes
  • headteachers to meet to develop their understanding of embedding teaching for mastery
  • support for subject leaders to develop themselves and others
  • reflecting on work completed back in schools
  • at least one experience of collectively planning a lesson (this could be online) which is taught and observed at the next workshop.

There is also one school visit from the Primary Mastery Specialist who runs the Work Group to support embedding changes in each school.


  • Participants and their schools will:
    • enhance their mathematical subject knowledge, emphasising key areas of maths
    • cultivate a deep understanding of the principles and pedagogies of mastery
    • understand the school-wide structures which enable staff to develop mastery approaches
    • develop the ability to plan, teach and reflect on lessons with a mastery approach
    • establish a set of principles, policies, practices and systems which embody a teaching for mastery approach.


The Work Group is offered free to all state-funded schools in England.


For more information regarding this Work Group please email


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.