Secondary Teaching for Mastery

Secondary Mastery Specialists for 2021/22

Recruitment is now open for Secondary 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:

A link to the application form for the Secondary 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 Secondary Mastery Specialist application form.

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



Heard about teaching for mastery? Interested in high quality professional development?  We have opportunities available now for you and your department to get involved.

Whether you want to take a teaching for mastery approach in your own classroom and department, or introduce mastery in both your own school and beyond, we have a CPD opportunity for you. The NCETM and Maths Hubs are offering funded professional development activities, available from September 2019.

Work Groups  (see application attached for further information)

Secondary maths teachers whose schools want to introduce and embed teaching for mastery can join a Work Group. You will be part of a locally-based group of teachers who meet regularly to develop professional knowledge and expertise.

In a Teaching for Mastery Work Group you will:

  • collaborate with colleagues from other local schools to share best practice
  • take away ideas to help your students become more confident mathematicians, ready to tackle GCSEs and A levels
  • introduce and embed teaching for mastery in your classroom and department
  • get input and guidance from a local leader of maths education (LLME)

Mastery Advocates

The fully funded programme enables you and another teacher from your school to become ‘Mastery Advocates’. Initially you will be part of a Work Group for a year. You will also get in-school support from a Mastery Specialist. Beyond this, you will continue to work with your local Maths Hub and take part in a Work Group as you embed mastery across your department.

This opportunity is suitable for all maths teachers, from NQTs to Heads of Department. It requires the support of your headteacher/a member of SLT

Please feel free to circulate amongst your Secondary networks

Once you have completed the application form attached please return it to:

Lisa Bradshaw- NW Maths Hub 3 Maths Lead

Lindsay Porter- NW Maths Hub 3 Secondary Lead


The Mastery Specialist Programme

Teachers who want to become experts in teaching for mastery and work towards taking it beyond their own schools can train to become Mastery Specialists. This role involves receiving fully funded training from experts, developing expertise, and then supporting others.

The programme:

  • Year One: you attend three residential training events and concentrate on your own classroom teaching.
  • Year Two: you help spread mastery teaching approaches across your department.
  • Year Three: you support two other local schools along the same route. 

All the time, you keep in touch with counterparts across the country in online groups. You can share experiences and continue developmental conversations.

As part of the Mastery Specialist programme, you will also work to achieve NCETM PD Lead status.

Further details and application

What Mastery Means

5 Big Ideas


Students get a UK lesson in maths

Three teachers from North West Three Maths Hub taught maths at a school affiliated to Shanghai Jing'an Education College. They have also observed local teachers' classes for two weeks as part of an exchange scheme sponsored by the UK Department for Education.

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