Primary Mastery


The Primary Teaching for Mastery Programme is one of the principle areas of work of the Maths Hubs. This programme has run since 2015. Each year a new cohort of teachers in each Maths Hub area are trained to become ” Teaching for Mastery Specialists” in their own classrooms through the NCETM programme, and in succeeding years they work with a group of schools to support the similar development of practice in partner schools. The programme is funded for the Specialists and also for the participating work group schools. By summer 2019, more than 5,000 schools have participated in the Teaching for Mastery Programme. Hundreds of thousands of children are now benefiting from a changed experience of maths learning at school. The programme is open to all state-funded schools in England.

Do you want to participate in the Primary Teaching for Mastery programme – for your school?

Primary Teaching for Mastery Development Work Groups

If you are a Primary teacher interested in developing confident mathematicians with deep connected understanding in your class, we welcome you to consider applying to participate Primary Teaching for Mastery Work Group 2021-22 (spaces are limited). The Work Groups are funded, highly regarded, collaborative professional development opportunities for participants, with £1000 funding to help subsidise teacher release time and support improvement across the whole school.

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


What is involved?

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.

Who can take part?

This programme is for state-funded primary schools in England. 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 some funding as a contribution to cover costs.

NB: Schools can only take part in this particular Work Group once. However, there are other Work Groups dealing with teaching for mastery which are available in the year after a school is in a TRG. 

What is the cost?

The Primary Teaching for Mastery Development Work Groups project is fully funded by the Maths Hubs Programme so is free to participating schools.

Please see the full information here.


Primary Teaching for Mastery – Embedding Work Groups

A project designed to support schools in their second year of teaching for mastery. This project is for schools who have previously participated in a Development Work Group. 

Please see the full information here.

Primary Teaching for Mastery – Sustaining Work Groups

This is for all primary schools who have previously been involved in teaching for mastery via a Development or Embedding Work Group, or who are Mastery Specialist schools. 

Please see the full information here.

Teaching for mastery in maths – click for full image