At the heart of Maths Hubs’ work is a range of projects and activities that collectively make up the Teaching for Mastery Programme, a four-year programme backed by £41m funding announced by the Department for Education in July 2016.
This is a voluntary programme in which primary teachers and schools receive training, support and resources to help them experience, experiment with, and implement teaching for mastery approaches in maths lessons, and to develop leadership and professional learning approaches that support teachers and pupils in this pursuit.
The principal programme elements include:
- Creating a cadre of Mastery Specialist primary teachers, expert in their own classrooms and in supporting colleagues in their own and other schools.
- Work Groups (sometimes known as Teacher Research Groups or TRGs), led by classroom-based Mastery Specialists, involving six or seven local primary schools. These networks provide professional development and specialist support to schools, enabling the introduction of teaching for mastery in a sustainable way. By the summer of 2023, more than 10,000 primary schools will receive training and develop practice in this way. Maths Hubs are currently (summer term 2018) welcoming applications from schools wishing to get involved in this programme in 2018-2019. Full details available on the NCETM website.
- Giving financial support to these participant schools to help them buy high quality textbooks, consistent with teaching for mastery
- A teacher exchange programme between English schools and counterparts in Shanghai
- Paying for the creation of new materials and resources that will help classroom teachers and school leaders implement various elements of teaching for mastery.
For more detail on teaching for mastery, including case studies, lesson videos and teacher interviews, see the NCETM mastery pages.