Primary Teaching for Mastery

Primary Mastery Specialists for 2021/22

Recruitment is now open for Primary Mastery Specialists for 2021/22

NW3 Maths Hub covers ALL schools and phases across the following regions:
Liverpool, Knowsley, Wigan, Sefton, and St Helens 

If you are a teacher in one of these areas and wish to be considered for this funded programme, then please follow the guidance below:

How to apply:

Primary Mastery Specialist Programme (Cohort 7) 

A link to the application form for the Primary Mastery Specialist Programme will be available on the NCETM website from 23 March, along with an Information document for the programme. The link will direct applicants to sign in to Axis or to create an Axis account. Once you have logged in/set up your account, you will automatically be directed to the Primary Mastery Specialist application form.

Teacher application deadline: 28 May 
Maths Hub approval of applicants: 25 June  
Maths Hub to inform successful and unsuccessful applicants of outcome of application: 9 July.

Participate in a Maths Hub Primary Teaching for Mastery Work Group this year

Are you a primary teacher interested in developing confident mathematicians in your class? Do you want to take part in high-quality, collaborative CPD which benefits you and your school? Join a Teaching for Mastery Work Group near you.

During the 2019/20 school year, Maths Hubs across England will work with thousands of primary schools to continue the spread of teaching for mastery across England.

The Teaching for Mastery Programme is a professional development opportunity designed to support teachers like you to develop best practice in maths in your school. It is suitable for schools interested in implementing a teaching for mastery approach to maths.

What does the opportunity involve?

Two teachers from each participating school join a Work Group, consisting of six or seven local primary schools. Each Work Group is led by a trained primary Mastery Specialist.

Work Groups (sometimes known as Teacher Research Groups, or TRGs) meet regularly to plan, observe and discuss teaching for mastery. In between meetings, teachers explore mastery approaches in their own classrooms and across their school. Work Groups run for a year initially, with many continuing beyond the first year as mastery is embedded in participants’ schools.

Support is provided from a local classroom-based Mastery Specialist who leads the group. This model of professional development involves hands-on learning and peer-to-peer support. It is evidence-based and designed to support substantial long-term change.

Want to share this information with your headteacher or colleagues? Download and print or email a flyer which has all the details you need.

Get involved

Places are available for state-funded primary schools in England to become part of this programme from September 2019. Two teachers from each participant school will attend six half-day meetings during the school year, and lead teaching for mastery development in their own school.

There is no charge for participation in the programme and schools receive £1000 as a contribution to cover costs. They are also eligible to claim financial help towards the cost of buying maths textbooks.

Apply by asking your headteacher to complete the application form, then email it to 

Lisa Bradshaw (Maths Lead): 

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