Mastery Development Work Group 21-22

Two teachers from your school will become ‘Mastery Advocates’ within their own departments and will form part of a two school Work Group. They will work closely with a Secondary Mastery Specialist to understand the principles and practices associated with teaching for mastery and will begin to work with teachers within their own departments to embed these principles and practices. Work will initially begin in Key Stage 3, but it is intended that this will extend to Key Stage 4, certainly in the longer term.


Secondary schools and maths departments that want to introduce and develop teaching for mastery can join the Work Group and should nominate two teachers as Mastery Advocates.

All maths teachers, from RQTs to Heads of Department can be nominated as Mastery Advocates. One of the Mastery Advocates from each school should be an experienced teacher with substantial responsibility within the department and the authority to make change happen.


Secondary maths teachers whose schools 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 support.

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 Advocates

The fully funded programme enables you and another teacher from your school to become ‘Mastery Advocates’. Initially you will be part of a Work Group for a year. You will also get in-school support from a Mastery Specialist. Beyond this, you will continue to work with your local Maths Hub and take part in a Work Group as you embed mastery across your department.

This opportunity is suitable for teachers with the commitment, experience and authority to lead developmental work across the department. It requires the support of your headteacher or a member of SLT.


Mastery Advocates will:

  • Have a deep understanding of the principles and practices associated with teaching for mastery

Subject leaders and some teachers will:

  • Begin to develop an understanding of the principles and practices associated with teaching for mastery


The Work Group is offered free to all state-funded secondary 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.