ON-GOING 2021/22 MASTERY RECRUITMENT
Secondary Mastery Advocate Application
- “Through this Mastery Programme our year 8 cohorts use of mathematical language is far superior to many of our KS4 pupils of similar ability. It is definitely a Work Group that we would recommend.” (Maths Lead, Borehamwood)
- ” The impact on learning was immediate and measurable. I have begun developing mastery in my team. They love it!”
(Maths Lead, Royston)
Secondary maths teachers whose schools want to introduce and embed teaching for mastery can nominate two teachers (Mastery Advocates) to join a Work Group.
In a Teaching for Mastery Work Group you and your subject leader will:
- have a deep understanding of the principles and practices associated with teaching for mastery.
- develop effective teaching, planning, and assessment strategies that support teaching for mastery approach.
- pupils develop a deep, secure, and connected understanding of the maths they are learning
- pupils achieve both conceptual understanding and procedural fluency
- pupils enjoy maths lessons and have a positive attitude to learning the subject.
You will be part of a locally-based group of teachers who meet regularly to develop professional knowledge and expertise, as well as receive bespoke support.
If you are interested in finding out more about our Secondary TfM Development Work Groups in 2021/22, please click on the link,
or email our Teaching for Mastery Lead firstname.lastname@example.org
or complete an EOI and email to email@example.com and someone will get back to you.
“I can see already the confidence and impact it’s having – even on our lockdown learning”. (Bishop’s Stortford Headteacher, January 2021)
Primary Mastery Readiness
Lots of schools are ready to start their mastery journey, and some would benefit from initial support before becoming part of the full programme.
Who can take part?
The Mastery Readiness Programme is for primary schools that want to adopt teaching for mastery in maths, but would benefit from a staged approach. To find out whether your school would benefit from the Mastery Readiness programme, before taking part in the high profile Teaching for Mastery programme please visit the NCETM website.
Schools that are successful in implementing sustained and meaningful change through teaching for mastery have key foundations already in place.
These key foundations include:
- shared vision and culture around the importance of maths
- a belief that every child can achieve highly in maths
- a positive mindset towards maths amongst all staff
- good maths subject knowledge amongst teachers and TAs
- systems that maximise learning, such as timetabling, intervention, curriculum and pedagogical approaches
- teaching of arithmetical proficiency for all children, to support mathematical fluency by reducing cognitive load
- ongoing staff development, which is valued by all staff and senior leaders.
What is involved?
The Mastery Readiness Programme offers support and development in the areas above and is delivered by our Mastery Readiness Leads who are part of the Herts for Learning Team.
They are experienced in school improvement work, as well as teaching for mastery. Working with the headteacher and maths lead, they construct a bespoke programme for each school’s needs.
This will usually include:
- around six support visits to the school from the Mastery Readiness Lead
- regular development workshops (for the maths lead, one other teacher and sometimes also the head) with other local schools on the programme.
Completing the Mastery Readiness Programme usually takes a year. After this, schools are prioritised for a place on the high-profile Teaching for Mastery Programme with their Maths Hub. As part of this programme, they benefit from two further years of support.
What is the cost?
There is no charge for participation in this programme. However, schools must ensure that staff are released to engage in the workshops and school visits, and that the headteacher attends events where appropriate.