A large-scale nationwide programme for teachers of pupils in Reception, Year 1 and
Year 2, designed to help children embed good number sense.
Mastering Number is a new programme offered in 2021/22 by the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) and the Maths Hubs Network. It aims to develop solid number sense, including fluency and flexibility
with number facts, which will have a lasting impact on future learning for all children. It also involves high quality professional development for teachers.
Primary Mastery Readiness Programme 2021-22
Since 2014, the NCETM/Maths Hub Teaching for Mastery Programme has trained hundreds of primary teachers as Mastery Specialists. Thousands of schools have been helped by these specialists to start introducing mastery approaches in their maths lessons. The programme is set to continue for several more years. But not all schools, for a variety of reasons, are able to move into a formal development programme in one leap. That is why the Mastery Readiness Programme has been developed: collaborative training and bespoke support, available in 202021, which aims to provide a stepping stone to take schools into the ‘main’ Teaching for Mastery Programme in 2021/22.
Primary Development Work Group Programme 2021-22
In 2021/22, all Maths Hubs will be running primary maths Teaching for Mastery Development Work Groups led by Mastery Specialists. This programme is for schools who have a commitment to developing a teaching for mastery approach. Although the school’s participation involves two teachers attending events outside of the school and online, it is expected that these two teachers lead development across the whole school. Each Maths Hub is now seeking to recruit schools for these Work Groups, each involving six or seven schools. This document gives information about the Work Groups and how schools can apply to be involved.
Since 2014, the NCETM and Maths Hubs have been working together to develop approaches to teaching for mastery within primary maths. This has been partly informed by the teaching of maths in high performing South East Asian jurisdictions. In the last five years the NCETM and Maths Hubs have recruited teachers to participate in a Mastery Specialists development programme. Once trained, Mastery Specialists work with other schools in Teaching for Mastery Work Groups.
Primary Teaching for Mastery - Embedding 2021-22
Work Groups in this project build on Development Work Groups, and involve scaling up teaching for mastery approaches from the lead participants’ classrooms to ensure practices across the whole school are consistently adopted. This involves working with school leaders and classroom practitioners and establishing systems of professional development which support continual improvement and refinement within and across schools.
Primary Teaching for Mastery - Sustaining 2021-22
This project brings together primary schools to sustain their teaching for mastery approach for mathematics. It seeks to establish continuing support for collaborative planning and specialist subject knowledge development in primary schools and leadership within the school. It is for schools who have been involved in either a Development Work Group or an Embedding Work Group.
Schools that have engaged in Sustaining Work Groups in 2020/21 will continue to work within these professional communities in 2021/22 and beyond.
Teaching Assistants Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics 2021-22
This project is designed to support primary teaching assistants in developing specialist knowledge for teaching mathematics, thus enabling them to understand, teach and support pupils in maths in the classroom.
Primary Teachers Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics 2021-22
This programme is designed for teachers who would like to further develop their specialist knowledge for teaching maths. It will be particularly relevant for teachers that have moved phases or teachers that have not received maths-specific training
Primary Early Career Teachers - Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Maths (SKTM) 2021-22
This project is designed to support primary early career teachers (teachers in their first two years of teaching) in developing specialist knowledge for teaching mathematics, thus enabling them to understand, teach and support pupils in maths in the classroom
Year 5-8 Continuity Work Group 2021-22
Work Groups in this project aim to strengthen the transition from primary to secondary school by focusing on curriculum and pedagogical continuity over Years 5 to 8.
Central to the Work Group is the promotion of cross phase communication between teachers to address issues of maths knowledge and learning transition as distinct from pastoral considerations. Whilst many Work Groups will focus on using multiplicative reasoning resources, Work Groups can explore any aspect of the KS2/3 curriculum.