Application round now OPEN for 2019-20 Teaching for Mastery (TfM) Primary work group schools – closing date for 2nd round of applications is 10/6/2019

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



Secondary Mastery Specialist Programme (Cohort 4) – Closing Date 26 April 2019 (5pm)

Want to become an expert in teaching for mastery and work towards taking it beyond your own school? Train to become a Mastery Specialist. In this role you will receive fully funded training from experts, develop your own expertise, and then support others!

The programme

  • Year one: you attend three residential training events and concentrate on your own classroom teaching.
  • Year two: you help spread mastery teaching approaches across your department.
  • Year three: you support two other local schools along the same route.

All the time, you keep in touch with counterparts across the country in online groups. You can share experiences and continue development conservations. As part of the Mastery Specialist programme, you will also work to achieve NCETM PD lead status.

If you want to apply to be a Mastery Specialist, you can find more information here and also in the ‘Cohort 4 Information and application form’ which is available to download here. Applications for Specialist role need to be sent directly to mathshubs@ncetm.org.uk. The closing date is 5pm on 26 April 2019.



Secondary Schools – Secondary Teaching for Mastery Work Groups – Closing Date 10 June 2019

Secondary maths teachers whose schools want to introduce and embed teaching for mastery can nominate two teachers (Mastery Advocates) to join a work group.  You will be part of a locally-based group of teachers who meet regularly to develop professional knowledge and expertise, as well as receiving bespoke support.

In a Teaching for Mastery work group you will:

  • Collaborate with colleagues from your other local schools to share best practice
  • Get individual support and guidance from a local leader of maths education (LLME)
  • Take away ideas to help your students become more confident mathematicians ready to tackle GCSE’s and A Levels.
  • Introduce and embed teaching for mastery in your classroom and department

Mastery advocates

The fully funded programme enables you and another teacher from your school to become ‘mastery advocates’  Initially you will be part of a work group for a year.  You will also get in-school support from a Mastery Specialist.  Beyond this, you will continue to work with your local Maths Hub and take part in a Work group as you embed mastery across your department.  This opportunity is suitable for all maths teachers, from NQT’s to Heads of Departments.  It requires the support of your Headteacher / a member of SLT.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please read this information and complete and return the application (available here), directly to us mathshub@george-spencer.notts.sch.uk by 10 June 2019.