Mastery Readiness Work Groups

The Work Groups in this project will develop vital skills and practices for schools who have an identifiable barrier to developing teaching for mastery across the school. Participant schools will access free workshops and regular high-quality, bespoke support of a trained Mastery Readiness Lead and will then progress to be part of the full Teaching for Mastery Development Work Group in Autumn 2021, with the associated funding.


Mastery Readiness is designed for schools who are not yet in a position to develop teaching for mastery but want to in the future. This needs to include at least one of the following:

  • The school has been judged at RI or Inadequate for at least their most recent Ofsted inspection
  • There is poor progress or attainment data for maths across the school
  • It has been identified, by their Local Authority, as being suitable for the programme
  • The school serves an area of low social mobility such as Opportunity Areas, Category 5/6 areas
  • It has been identified that there is a need for additional support for leadership of maths
  • There has been high turnover of staff, meaning that the implementation of sustained change has been difficult but there is now a more stable situation where progress can be made.


The Work Groups focus on two key areas:

  • The development of effective leadership that will remove barriers and put in place structures to support change and teacher professional development in relation to teaching for mastery.
  • Development of classroom culture and attitudes to mathematics that will support a teaching for mastery approach, both on the part of teachers and their pupils.

intended outcomes

Lead participants and the school leadership team will:

  • explore and evaluate their current systems, cultures and professional development structures within their setting.
  • understand how the Catalysts for Change are designed to lay firm foundations for the development of teaching for mastery and how these can be implemented in school.




The Work Group is offered free to all state-funded secondary schools in England.

Please complete this form to reserve a place on this Work Group.


The ongoing impact of the coronavirus outbreak and knock on effects on schools life remain uncertain. So, all Maths Hubs work will adapt to changing realities. There’s likely to be more live online collaboration, for example. In addition Work Groups content will address both schools recovery from coronavirus related disruption and the central maths subject matter of each project.