Primary Mastery Readiness Work Group
Lots of schools are ready to start their mastery journey, and some would benefit from initial support before becoming part of the full Work Group.
Who can take part?
The Mastery Readiness Work Group 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 Work Group, before taking part in the high profile Teaching for Mastery Work Group 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 Work Group 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 Work Group 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 Work Group. However, schools must ensure that staff are released to engage in the workshops and school visits, and that the headteacher attends events where appropriate.
Click here for the 2022/23 application form.