Teaching For Mastery

The Teaching for Mastery programme is one of the major priorities for Maths Hubs nationally. We want to lead and support schools and teachers to develop a deep and full understanding of the principles of teaching for mastery, so that they can embed the practice in their lessons. Mastery in maths is something that we want all pupils to acquire, and to continue acquiring throughout their school lives, and beyond. We believe that all children are capable mathematicians, given the chance, and as such can achieve. The key to mastery is depth rather than breadth to increase understanding, teaching new skills and concepts by building on what they already know and linking between different concepts to help them to develop mathematical fluency.

The National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics (NCETM) have identified four main principles for teaching a mastery approach:

  • Variation
  • Fluency
  • Mathematical thinking
  • Representation and structure

Since 2014, the NCETM and Maths Hubs have been working together to develop approaches to teaching for mastery within primary mathematics. The Department for Education announced a 4 year primary programme in July 2016 backed by £41m funding. This is a voluntary programme made up of a range of projects and activities in which primary teachers and schools receive training, support and resources to help them experience, experiment and implement teaching for mastery approaches in maths lessons, and to develop leadership and professional learning approaches that support teachers and pupils in this pursuit. The programme includes but is not limited to – creating a group of mastery specialist primary teachers; teaching for mastery work groups; financial support for high quality teaching for mastery textbooks; and the China – England teacher exchange.


Primary Mastery Specialists

At East Midlands West, we have 12 primary Mastery Specialists who are working with successful primary Teaching for Mastery work groups this year.  We will be recruiting a further 4 Mastery Specialists later in the academic year along with schools to take part in our Teaching for Mastery work groups in 2018/19.  Details will be posted here once available.  If you would like to register your interest in either of these programmes please contact mathshub@george-spencer.notts.sch.uk.

  • “Key Stage 2 SATS have improved from 40% at the expected level to 82%. Greater depth 1 child to 15 this year.”
    – (TfM School Headteacher, 2016-17)
  • “Our specialist was excellent and very knowledgeable. Her support has been invaluable in our journey towards implementing mastery maths. It was helpful to work with other schools in the group as we could discuss ideas that had worked in our own schools and share resources.”
    – (TfM School Primary Maths teacher)


Secondary Mastery Specialists

We also have 4 secondary mastery specialists working with 12 secondary schools on developing the mastery approach in their lessons and across their departments.


Our Mastery Specialists


Cohort 1 Primary Mastery Specialists

Lorna Dermody – Mellers Primary School, NG7 3HJ (http://mellersprimary.co.uk)

Tom Isherwood – Hillside Primary & Nursery School, NG15 6LW (http://www.hillsideprimary.com)

Gemma Whiley – Chetwynd Primary Academy, NG9 6FW (http://www.chetwyndprimaryacademy.co.uk)


Cohort 2 Primary Mastery Specialists

Matt Gotheridge – Dallimore Primary & Nursery School, DE7 4GZ (http://dallimore.derbyshire.sch.uk)

Phil Herd – Rosslyn Park Primary & Nursery School, NG8 6DD (https://www.rosslyn.nottingham.sch.uk)

Alison Johnson – Dale Community Primary School, DE23 6NL (http://www.dale.derby.sch.uk)

Kath Lee – Fairfield Primary Academy, NG9 7HB (http://www.fairfieldprimaryacademy.co.uk)


Cohort 3 Primary Mastery Specialists

Paul Carpenter – Grampian Primary School, DE24 9LU (http://www.grampianprimary.org.uk)

Stuart Drayton – St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School, NG8 3EP (http://www.stteresasprimaryschool.co.uk)

Helen Field – Pilsley CE Primary School, DE45 1UF (http://www.pilsleycofe.derbyshire.sch.uk)

Rebecca Vodden-Page – Barrow Hill Primary Academy, S43 2PG (http://www.barrowhillprimary.co.uk/public/barrowhill341.html.nc)

Nicol Winfield – Wyndham Primary Academy, DE24 0EP (http://www.wyndhamacademy.org)


Secondary Mastery Specialists

Peter Craggs – Ashfield School, NG17 8HP (http://www.ashfield.notts.sch.uk)

Lucy Moss – George Spencer Academy, NG9 7EW, (http://www.george-spencer.notts.sch.uk)

Simon Pearce – Friesland School, NG10 5AF (http://www.frieslandschool.com)

Matilde Warden – Bluecoat Beechdale Academy, NG8 3GP (http://www.bluecoatbeechdale.co.uk)



Primary Teaching for Mastery Open Mornings

As the teaching for mastery movement matures we have a number of schools in our region that are well underway in terms of the teaching and leadership of this area of the curriculum and celebrating positive impacts on pupil out comes and attitudes to learning mathematics.  On open mornings, some of these schools open their doors to welcome you to share their journey in developing a whole-school approach to ‘teaching for mastery in mathematics’.  More information about these open mornings can be found on our events pages.


Primary Mastery Open Morning Schools

Chetwynd Primary Academy, NG9 6FW (http://www.chetwyndprimaryacademy.co.uk)

Fairfield Primary Academy, NG9 7HB (http://www.fairfieldprimaryacademy.co.uk)

Mellers Primary School, NG7 3HJ (http://mellersprimary.co.uk)

Wyndham Primary Academy, DE24 0EP (http://www.wyndhamacademy.org)



East Meets West Report

The report summary below from Nottingham Trent University and the University of Nottingham explores how the two East Midlands Mathematics Hubs are mediating teachers’ understanding of mathematics and mathematics education.  To do so the universities asked the following primary research question: How do the East Midlands Mathematics Hubs support teachers to develop the learning of mathematics through the two national priority projects – Singapore Textbook and Shanghai Teacher Exchange.

For more information about teaching for mastery, please click here for a summary of the key features.  You can find out more including case studies, lesson videos and teacher interviews, on the NCETM mastery pages.


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