Primary Mastery Readiness Programme 2019-20


Since 2014, the NCETM/Maths Hubs Teaching for Mastery Programme has trained hundreds of primary teachers as Mastery Specialists. Thousands of schools have been helped by these specialists to start introducing mastery approaches in their maths lessons. The programme is set to continue for several more years.

But not all schools, for a variety of reasons, are able to move into a formal development programme in one leap. That is why the Mastery Readiness Programme has been developed: collaborative training and bespoke support, available now, which aims to provide a stepping stone to take schools into the ‘main’ Teaching for Mastery Programme in 2019/20.

The pilot programme in the north of England has been very well received. Now the programme is being expanded to cover the whole country. It is also suitable for:

  • Schools who require improvement

  • Schools who are in category 5 or 6 regions

  • Schools being supported by an NLE

Development Workshops

Your school will be part of a group of up to seven schools working together at development workshops. Your Maths Lead and another teacher (along with the headteacher initially) will attend these regular training events (approximately two per term).

Regular Bespoke Support Visits

The Mastery Readiness Lead from your local Maths Hub will regularly visit your school to offer bespoke support, tailored to your school’s specific needs, and will work with leaders and staff.

Your commitment

Release two teachers to engage in all events.

  • Give these teachers the opportunity to lead professional development in school.

  • Actively support reflection and collaboration amongst staff in the pursuit of improvement.


The development workshops and bespoke support include:

  • An introduction to mastery, how to prepare a school to be ready to implement teaching for mastery, initial steps both in leadership and in classroom teaching, and strategies for overcoming potential barriers.

  • Support for the headteacher in addressing leadership issues related to mathematics and contributing to raising standards.

  • Opportunity to work closely with other schools also developing mastery readiness.

For more information about the programme, please download the flyer below:


To apply for the Primary Mastery Readiness programme 2019-20, please click on the button below: