Number of primary schools engaging in a Teaching for Mastery programme set to rise to over 8000

The NCETM has published a report into the progress and impact of the Teaching for Mastery Programme in primary schools since it began in 2015. By the end of the 2018/19 school year, more than 5,000 schools had participated in the programme—a figure due to rise to over 8,000 by summer 2020.

The report, based on work by a team comprising university researchers, independent mathematics consultants and teachers working inside the Maths Hubs Programme, indicates that the programme is having a positive impact at a number of levels.

The report’s summary says:

Teachers are becoming more knowledgeable about, and skilled at, their craft; classroom practice is changing in ways designed to help pupils develop deeper understanding; and there are also encouraging signs that pupils are learning maths more securely

Evidence is also quoted from Ofsted reports where inspections of schools in the programme noted particular strengths in teacher subject knowledge and pupil performance in lessons.  

Researchers also identified areas where challenges remain. These include finding ways to ensure that schools embed teaching for mastery practices for the long term, and providing continuing support for teachers to improve same-day intervention strategies, and the application of what is called variation theory—a key component of teaching for mastery.

The report sketches possible routes for schools taking part in the programme. There are two possible entry points. The first, for schools needing to strengthen systems and teacher subject expertise, is to join a Mastery Readiness Programme. The second, for schools already secure in their mathematical leadership and performance, is to join a Teaching for Mastery Work Group. At time of writing, some Maths Hubs still have places in both these areas for 2019/20. 

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Lauren Orange
Maths Hubs Teaching for Mastery programme praised in recent Ofsted report

Yorkshire and the Humber Maths Hub Teaching for Mastery programme has recently received praise by Ofsted.

The Teaching for Mastery Work Groups, led by Mastery Specialists are designed for schools who have a commitment to developing a teaching for mastery approach and describes the elements of classroom practice and school organisation that combine to give pupils the best chances of mastering maths.

Sarah Fenna, Yorkshire and the Humber Maths Hub’s Primary Mastery Specialist has successfully used her Maths Hub training within her maths lead role, to implement a whole school Teaching for Mastery approach at Swillington Primary School.

The primary school, based in Leeds were inspected by Ofsted in May 2019 in which they were rated a ‘Good’ school. In an extract from the report it praised the improvement in the teaching of mathematics stating:

“At the last inspection, leaders were asked to improve the teaching of mathematics and to make sure that the most able pupils were challenged in this subject. The leader in mathematics is a specialist teacher and has a well-developed understanding of her subject. She was able to show many examples of checking the quality of teaching and the actions she has taken to provide additional training to the whole staff or support to individual teachers as a result of her findings.”
Swillington Primary School, 4th June 2019

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Lauren Orange