Secondary Mastery Specialists

In 2016-18 the Secondary Mastery Specialists developed both their own practice and understanding of Teaching for Mastery through training delivered by the Maths Hub central team.

In this period the Specialists implemented a Teaching for Mastery Scheme of Learning in their own department and supported the development of their colleague's Teaching for Mastery skills. As their confidence with Teaching for Mastery increased the Secondary Mastery Specialists opened their classrooms to teachers though the Secondary Teaching for Mastery at Key Stage 3 programme. In this programme each Mastery Specialist worked with lead teachers from other schools in the region in 4 open classroom sessions. In these sessions teachers had the opportunity to observe a mastery lesson in practice, discuss this practice as a work group and also develop their understanding of one of the 5 big ideas of mastery. In between the workshops, the lead teachers then worked with their departments by delivering the same lesson in their own context and evaluating the lesson using a lesson study approach. They also implemented the idea of mastery covered in the session into one of their lessons. As the cycle of open classroom sessions continued, each department identified the approaches that they wanted to embed as part of their ongoing practice.

This programme is continuing in 2018-19 but with Cohort 3 Secondary Mastery Specialists.

Cohort 1 Secondary Mastery Specialists

Central training has now been completed and the Secondary Teaching for Mastery Work Groups are now taking place. This gives the specialists an opportunity to do out reach work with other schools in the region who are ready to implement a teaching for mastery approach within their maths department.

Cohort 2 and 3 Secondary Mastery Specialists

In March 2018, every Maths Hub nominated a second cohort of Secondary Mastery Specialists to participate in the central Secondary Mastery Specialist development programme. These Secondary Mastery Specialists will develop Teaching for Mastery in their own school and will start to work with teachers from other schools over 2018 to 19.

In September 2018, every Maths Hub nominated a third cohort of Secondary Mastery Specialists to participate in the central Secondary Mastery Specialist programme. These Secondary Mastery Specialists will develop Teaching for Mastery in their own school and will start working with other schools over 2020 to 21.

Cohort 4 Secondary Mastery Specialists

Following the success of the first two cohorts of the Secondary Mastery Specialist programme, in March 2019 every Maths Hub will nominate another cohort of Secondary Mastery Specialists to participate in the central Secondary Mastery Specialist programme. 

Maths Hubs are seeking applications from secondary schools to take part in this exciting three-year professional development programme. If this is something you and your school are interested in, please complete the application form below:

Funding Available

In 2019/20, the Maths Hub will cover the cost of the 10 days’ release time for the nominated Mastery Specialist and the departmental time in the summer term, amounting to £3000 per school in total. In 2020/21, the Maths Hub will cover the cost of the 15 days’ release time for the nominated Mastery Specialist (£3000) and will fund the cost of the teacher enrolling and participating in the NCETM Accredited Secondary PD Leads programme. Travel costs to all the training residentials will also be covered.

Secondary Teaching for Mastery Work Groups (2019/20)

The NCETM and Maths Hubs are recruiting six secondary schools to join a free professional development programme, led by established Secondary Mastery Specialists, from September 2019. This programme enables school mathematics departments to introduce and embed a teaching for mastery approach. Already successful in thousands of primary schools, teaching for mastery promotes deep mathematical understanding and creates confident mathematicians. These participating schools will become part of a national project Work Group, collaborating with other schools to develop and share best practice. Each Work Group is led by a Secondary Mastery Specialist. Mastery Specialists are school-based teachers who have already successfully developed teaching for mastery in their own schools and been trained to work with other schools in introducing the same approaches. Each successful school selected two 'Mastery Advocates' from their mathematics department. These teachers will now have the opportunity to work closely with the Mastery Specialist from their local Maths Hub, and receive a bespoke programme of support in their own school.

Funding Available

There was no charge to participating schools to participate in this Work Group, which is funded by the Maths Hub. In addition, each participating school will receive £2000 to help pay for the Mastery Advocates' release time and for work within the maths department.

To register your interest in this Work Group, which starts in September 2019, please click on the button below: