Application round now OPEN for 2019-20 Teaching for Mastery (TfM) Primary work group schools

We are delighted to inform you that recruitment for 2019-20 Teaching for Mastery (TfM) work group schools is now OPEN!

Are you a primary teacher interested in developing confident mathematicians in your class?  Do you want to take part in high-quality, collaborative CPD which benefits you and your school? Join one of our Teaching for Mastery work groups!

We are looking for around 100 schools, for a year-long programme of professional development, led by trained Mastery Specialists.  There is no charge for participation in the programme and schools receive £1000 as a contribution towards cover costs.  They are also eligible to claim financial help towards the cost of buying some maths textbooks.

This work group is suitable for schools interested in implementing a teaching for mastery approach to maths.  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 their 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.

Download a flyer to print or email here.

More information including finding out more from teachers already involved in the programme can be found on the NCETM website here.

Download more information and application form here.

You may be interested in coming along to find out a bit more at our Introduction to Mastery event on 21 March 2019.  Please click here for more information and to book a place at our Intro to Mastery event.

Early Years Pattern work group

We are delighted to announce details about our Early Years Pattern work group which we will be running this academic year.  Within pattern, practitioners will increase their knowledge base, engage with research, analyse their own practice and collaborate with peers.  They will be able to share knowledge and approaches with colleagues to increase levels of children’s engagement and confidence in maths.  You will find further information below along with how to join the work group.  Please do be in touch with mathshub@george-spencer.notts.sch.uk with any queries.

Who is this for?

The pattern project is most ideally suited to experienced early years practitioners (typically three or more years working in early years) in school (primary, infant or nursery school) or PVI settings. Practitioners who work with EYFS children within mixed age classes or settings are welcome.

What is involved

  • 2 full day workshops & 3 half day workshops
  • Independent study and setting-based work including gap tasks and evaluation
  • Online discussion as part of a professional community
  • Host a half day visit from 2 colleagues
  • 2 half day visits to other settings

Workshop dates

    • workshop1 – Tuesday 9th October 2018 full day
    • workshop 2 – Wednesday 7th November 2018 afternoon
    • workshop 3 – Tuesday 5th February 2019 afternoon
    • workshop 4 – Wednesday 8th May 2019 afternoon
    • workshop 5 – Friday 7th June 2019 full day

The wider context

Collectively, the network of Maths Hubs across England work on projects around national maths education priority areas. One of those priorities requires Maths Hubs to provide high quality training in EY maths in order to improve children’s understanding of maths at a young age, with a particular focus on practitioners’ subject knowledge. Each Maths Hub participating in a national project runs a local Work Group, where teachers come together over a period of time to work on areas defined by the project. All work groups are subject to a common evaluation process, which collectively provides a body of evidence on the project’s outcomes. Your participation in this Work Group will contribute to your own professional leaning, and that of your school colleagues, as well as making a contribution to the improvement of maths education at a national level.  This Work Group extends work started in the 2017-2018 national project of the same name.

Expectations of participants and their settings

The project involves attendance at two full day and three half-day workshops and some pattern work children in your own setting.  The project includes a coaching element where you will work with two colleagues who are less experienced in early years practice.  This element involves two half-day visits to other settings and hosting a visit for two colleagues to your setting.

All participants must be able and willing to commit to participate fully in all elements of the programme.
The participant’s school/setting must have the capacity and commitment to support them throughout the programme.


There is no cost to settings for this project but there is a commitment to attending all five workshops and the visits as well as collecting evidence from your work on pattern with children.  Each practitioner will receive £100 of resources as part of the project and must commit to dissemination of their pattern project work (through collecting evidence of children’s pattern work and contributing to a resource for the maths hub website).

Who is leading the work group?

Cath Gripton is the Early Years Maths Lead for East Midlands West Maths Hub and a university lecturer in primary education.  Cath has led several early years work groups at East Midlands West over the past three years and works on the national EY PD lead programme for maths hubs.

If you are interested, what next?

Application to join this work group is now closed

Application round now OPEN for 2018-19 Teaching for Mastery (TfM) Primary work group schools

We are delighted to inform you that recruitment for 2018-19 Teaching for Mastery (TfM) work group schools is now OPEN!

We are looking for around 70 schools, for a year-long programme of professional development, led by trained Mastery Specialists.  As well as receiving free training, recruited schools will receive a grant towards release time and will be eligible to claim match-funding towards the cost of buying textbooks.


Benefits for Participating Schools

Participating in the Work Group will provide the following benefits to participant schools:

  • High quality support for teacher professional development for the lead teachers, facilitated by the Mastery Specialist
  • Support for the head teacher in addressing leadership issues related to teaching for mastery from the Mastery Specialist and the Maths Hub’s leadership
  • Opportunity to work closely with other schools also developing teaching for mastery
  • No charge for participation and a grant of £1000 to help subsidise teacher release time
  • Matched funding of £2000 to support the school in buying text books


Who can Apply

The Work Groups are intended for schools that are already committed to using teaching for mastery approaches for primary mathematics. Schools should also have the capacity for engaging in significant development work during 2018-20. Schools that have already begun to engage with teaching for mastery are more likely to be prioritised by the Maths Hub.

More information about this opportunity and an application form can be found here.  Please complete and return the application form to mathshub@george-spencer.notts.sch.uk by 5pm on Monday 18 June 2018.


Applications now closed for 2018 Teaching for Mastery Secondary work groups

From September 2018 a new project, which is part of a national programme, is starting.   This will see a total of six secondary schools in our region, grouped into pairs so each pair works with an experienced Teaching for Mastery Specialist, to develop and embed Teaching for Mastery in those schools.

There is no charge to participating schools to participate in this Work Group, which is funded by the Maths Hub. In addition, each participating school will receive £2000 to help pay for the Mastery Advocates’ release time and for work within the maths department.

Full details about what is involved and how to engage with this new project including the application form may be found using this link.  Please note that only state-funded schools in England are eligible to apply to take part.

If you are interested in participating with East Midlands West Maths Hub, please complete the application and submit to mathshub@george-spencer.notts.sch.uk before 5pm on 30 June 2018.



Applications now open for Cohort 3 Secondary Mastery Specialists – Closing Date: Thursday 7 June 2018 @ 5pm

We are delighted to inform you of a new opportunity through NCETM and East Midlands West Maths Hub.  We are looking to recruit a third wave of secondary teachers to join the secondary Mastery Specialists programme.  This is a part of a significant expansion of teaching for mastery work by Maths Hubs in secondary schools across England.

Following the broad format of preceding cohorts, the teachers will complete a three-year professional development programme, with these objectives:

  • first year (2018-2019): developing mastery approaches in their own classroom
  • second year (2019-2020): developing mastery approaches across their school’s maths department
  • third year (2020-2021): supporting two other schools’ maths departments to introduce teaching for mastery.

The teachers will attend five residential training events, run by the NCETM and Maths Hubs, spread across the first two years, the first taking place in the 2018 autumn term. In between, the teachers will work with colleagues from their local Maths Hub and, on an ongoing basis in an online community, share experiences and materials with colleagues from the entire cohort.



Each teacher’s school receives up to £3000 per year for the first two years, to cover release time of 15 days per year. In the third year, their schools will receive £350 per day for 15 days’ work supporting departments in other schools, up to a total of £5250.

This is a great opportunity to receive training from national providers on what is mastery in secondary schools and to be given time to develop teaching for mastery in your own school.

We are looking to recruit three teachers in this cohort. Further information and application details are here.  


Application forms must be sent directly to NCETM (mathshubs@ncetm.org.uk) by 5pm on Thursday 7 June 2018.

Only state-funded schools in England are eligible to apply to take part.



EEF Trials currently recruiting

In case you missed the details in the NCETM newsletter, there are a number of EEF trials in the area of mathematics that are currently recruiting schools. Maths Hubs may wish to promote these opportunities to schools, with whom you communicate. The trials and links to more details are given below: