Teaching for Mastery Focused Issue – Lesson Design 

Refining understanding of good lesson design, and being able to use resources well, is a crucial element in developing teaching for mastery.

Teachers in this Work Group will work together to plan exemplar lessons (drawing on new Mastery Professional Development materials produced by NCETM/Maths Hubs and other sources of mastery resources for the classroom including textbooks) and in so doing will improve lesson design across their school. 

Who is this for?

Schools that have made a significant commitment to teaching for mastery in their curriculum planning are invited to nominate two teachers for the Work Group. One of these should be in a middle or senior leadership role (ideally the Maths Lead) with experience and expertise in teaching for mastery. It will also be suitable for schools that have taken up textbook match funding and are looking for support with good use of the new resources.

What is involved?

  • One day per term meeting with all the other schools in your Work Group.

  • One further day per term, meeting with the two teachers from another school in the Work Group to enable joint planning and observation of each other’s lessons. with a focus particularly on the small steps required in teaching for mastery.

Intended Outcomes

  • Participants should gain a deep understanding of the elements of effective lesson design and how the big ideas of mastery influence this, particularly with regard to small steps of learning. They will be able to make good decisions about what to include or leave out, and when to supplement the materials with their own. 

  • Teachers are expected to share their learning with others teaching maths in their school, and that this will influence the whole school’s maths lesson planning.  

  • Impact of small steps lesson planning and learning will be seen by progress shown in children’s books.