Teaching for Mastery Focused Issue – Lesson Design 

This work group will give you the opportunity to learn with and from other colleagues that have taken part in a Teaching for Mastery Work group and begun the journey within their school towards a TfM approach. The focus will be on collaboratively planning and working with the NCETM Mastery Professional Development Materials and DfE approved text books to improve your confidence with lesson design.

Refining teachers’ understanding of lesson design is a crucial element of developing teaching for mastery.  Teachers in this Work Group will observe lessons together to understand the key elements of a mastery lesson and plan collaboratively (drawing on Mastery Professional Development materials produced by NCETM/Maths Hubs and DfE recommended textbooks) and in doing so will improve lesson design across their school.

How will it work?

It involves four face to face workshops across the academic year. Participants will be expected to attend all workshops and complete set gap tasks.

Who is it aimed at?

Two colleagues from the same school need to attend. We find this approach works best to facilitate greater whole school change.

Practitioners will work together to design, deliver, observe and evaluate lessons as well as discussing progress and actions with the Work Group Lead.

Teachers will:

  • Gain a deep understanding of the elements of effective lesson design

  • Develop their understanding of the big ideas in mastery and how they are found and used in effective lesson design

  • Become able to make reasoned decisions about what to include and what not to include in lessons

  • Identify what needs to be developed to supplement the information in the published materials

  • Use PD materials to collaboratively design a lesson that is coherent (small steps) and meets the needs of all learners (Day 1)

  • Share good practice in effective lesson design with other teachers in their school

  • Observe and evaluate a lesson designed using the support materials and taught by a mastery specialist teacher. 

  • Use the principles of lesson design and the big ideas of teaching for mastery

  • Plan opportunities that promote depth for all children.


All sessions will take place at the Outwood Institute of Education, Tenter Balk Lane, Doncaster, DN6 7EQ

  • Day 1 – Wednesday 4th December 2019 (1:00pm – 4:00pm)

  • Day 2 – TBC

  • Day 3 – TBC

  • Day 4 – TBC