Secondary Subject Lead Work Group 21-22

This new project offers focused support to secondary heads of department/subject leaders, to enable them to better understand and implement teaching for mastery approaches across their department, and to develop in their role as leaders of both student learning and teacher professional development.

It provides an opportunity for participants to deepen their understanding of teaching for mastery approaches, of their wider roles, and of their capacity with their colleagues to transform secondary maths learning.


The project is for secondary heads of department/subject leaders, and is open to heads of department in schools already involved with Maths Hubs and to those who are not yet involved. (Prospective HoDs/subject leaders are not eligible to participate.)


Local Work Group design will follow a workshop – school-based task cycle, consisting of several workshops followed in each case by school-based tasks planned to take account of the specific contexts of the subject leaders. Participants will support each other through the sharing of strategies and practice within the context of a vibrant professional learning community.

Much of the work will involve each individual department working on elements of their action plan and developing collaborative ways of working which support their continuing professional development. In addition, it will be important for all Work Group participants to benefit from the expertise and experiences of the group of departments represented.

This programme will take place across the equivalent of four days.


Participants will:

  • promote and develop a shared vision for teaching and learning in maths
  • ensure that schemes of work are well established and provide support for teaching for mastery across the department
  • develop a coherent and ambitious action plan focused on improving outcomes for students and the needs of teachers
  • lead and manage the department effectively in order to promote and develop teaching for mastery approaches within their own departments
  • have a deep understanding of the vision, principles and pedagogies associated with teaching for mastery
  • have a clear understanding of the leadership and management skills required to enable them to effectively promote and develop teaching for mastery approaches within their own departments.

Portland Spencer Conference Centre, Birchover Road, Bilborough, Nottingham, NG8 4BW (9am-3.30pm)

Day one- 09/11/2021
Day two- 14/01/2022
Day three- 14/03/2022
Day four- 05/05/2022


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


For a place on the 2021/22 Work Group please sign up here


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.