Mastery Embedding and Sustaining Work Group 2020-2021

Our Sustaining Work Group consists of departments who are participating or have participated in the Secondary Teaching for Mastery Development Work Groups. Each department, supported by their Mastery Advocates, will work on their action plan and develop collaborative ways of working which support their CPD. All Work Group participants will also benefit from  the expertise and experiences of the group of departments represented.

Mastery Advocates will meet regularly throughout the year and the content of the various departments’ development plans will be the stimulus for how joint work will be devised and undertaken.

It is intended for programme participants to:

  • collaboratively plan of a topic representing a shared interest and need
  • explore some maths together
  • share, discuss and critique the plans that departments have in place​
  • consider the importance of use of manipulatives and representations in a restricted environment
  • visit a primary school to engage in lesson observation and post-lesson discussion and/or collaborative planning of a transition-relevant topic
  • ​visit another Work Group member’s department to engage in lesson observation and post-lesson discussion


This Work Group is aimed at Schools that have either participated in the TfM Development Work Groups or the Mastery Specialist Programme.


This Work Group forms part of an overall Teaching for Mastery Programme designed to develop secondary mathematics departments that are well-led, high-performing and provide high quality professional development through collaborative working. The focus will be on working on your planned developments as well as sharing and critiquing them with a group of schools in a professional learning community.


Mastery Advocates and the subject leader will:

  • Have a clear understanding of the leadership and management skills required to enable them to effectively promote and develop teaching for mastery approaches within their own departments
  • Understand the principles and practices behind the creation of a coherent and connected curriculum which promotes teaching for mastery
  • Understand the benefits of collaborative professional development for sustained development of professional knowledge and practice within a department




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

For more information regarding this Work Group please email


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.