Teaching for Mastery – Secondary

St Marks Catholic School visited Shanghai in 2015 and have since changed the way they teach KS3 to incorporate Teaching for Mastery. They have found this approach to be very successful. In addition to this, many primaries have begun to adopt this practice. This was an opportunity for teachers to work closely with a teacher from St Marks who will be trained by the NCETM as a Secondary Mastery Specialist.

Activities included:


Please contact Michelle.foster@foxprimary.co.uk if you would like to be involved.


Mathematical reasoning

Reasoning is one of the key themes in the new National Curriculum and a focus for the Maths Hubs Network. It is essential that schools develop students who are able to think mathematically and solve problems in a range of contexts. Students need to be able to articulate their reasoning in order to deepen their understanding of the mathematics and develop solutions to problems. This workgroup enabled all hubs to offer nationally coordinated support to teachers and their departments so that they could collaborate together in developing this aspect of their curriculum provision. It also provided a possible approach for departments considering how to engage with the teaching and learning implications of the new KS3 programmes of study.

Transfer Project (Y5/Y6/Y7)

There were 5 schools involved: 4 primary feeder schools and 1 secondary school.  The Hub had done work in the past with all 4 primary feeder schools and also the secondary school.  They had expressed a desire to connect with each other so a long-term form of communication could be set – thereby making the transition easier for their Y6 pupils to Y7.  The secondary school maths lead had said that Y7 teachers found it very difficult as they had very little idea about where the children were coming from with regards to Maths and also that each school had a slightly different approach.  This project allowed the primary schools to share practice and also the secondary school to understand the foundations of their pupils’ learning and understanding within this subject.

Most useful:

‘Seeing the lessons and then discussion what we’ve seen to filly understand how we can use it afterwards.’

‘Discussion after lesson to talk about teaching methods in other schools.’

‘Viewing the Year 6 lesson meant that I learnt a lot about the expectation of our students when they leave primary which I can take over to Year 7 lessons.’

‘Discussion of observation and general teaching practice in primary schools.  I had a good insight into the level of mastery maths development in primary schools and it informed me of the need for secondary schools to incorporate this.’

‘Appreciating common difficulties in the teaching of maths.’

‘Seeing and discussion of the methods that the students are used to for particular topics.’

The primary teachers found it very beneficial to see their own students in a secondary context and to consider the pros and cons of a setting. They also found it useful seeing the different teaching styles – while mastery wasn’t necessarily in action, they saw many elements of it being used.

‘Seeing the primary teacher’s questioning – it was most impressive’

This academic year we will be doing a Y5-Y8 Continuity Project (Current Projects-Secondary Tab), which builds on some of these ideas. 




Privacy Notice: Maths Hubs Programme

Who we are:

This work is being carried out by your Maths Hub Lead School, which holds a grant with the Department for Education (DfE) to deliver the Maths Hub programme.

For the purpose of data protection legislation, the DfE is the data controller, and the Maths Hub Lead School is the data processor for the personal data processed as part of the Maths Hubs programme.

How we will use your information:

The Maths Hub Lead School collects and processes your personal data on behalf of the DfE for the following purposes:

  • To enable the lead school to carry out specific functions for which they are responsible
  • To enable the Lead School to correspond with you about any Maths Hub project you have registered for
  • To enable the Lead School to send you information on Continued Professional Development (CPD) opportunities offered by Maths Hubs
  • To evaluate and assess performance of Maths Hub projects
  • To derive anonymised statistics which inform programme funding and strategic decisions about Maths Hubs and Teaching for Mastery within DfE, National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) and the Maths Hub Lead School.

More information about this work is available at www.gov.uk/guidance/get-support-from-your-local-maths-hub, www.mathshubs.org.uk/, and www.ncetm.org.uk/.

The nature of your personal data we will be using:

The categories of your personal data that the Maths Hub Lead School will collect, process, hold and share for this project may include:

  • Name (including previous names)
  • Date of Birth
  • Contact information such as email address and phone number
  • School name and unique reference number (URN)
  • Teacher Reference Number (TRN).

Why our use of your personal data is lawful:

In order for our use of your personal data to be lawful, we need to meet one (or more) conditions in the data protection legislation. For the purpose of the Maths Hubs and Teaching for Mastery programmes, processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest, as defined in Article 6 (1)(e) of the GDPR.

Who we will make your personal data available to:

We sometimes need to make personal data available to other organisations. These might include contracted partners (who we have employed to process your personal data on our behalf) and/or other organisations (with whom we need to share your personal data for specific purposes).

Where we need to share your personal data with others, we ensure that this data sharing complies with data protection legislation. For the purpose of the Maths Hubs programme:

  • NCETM (National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics), with whom the DfE holds a contract to coordinate and manage the Maths Hubs programme, is a data processor.
  • Maths Hubs, with whom the DfE holds individual grants with each Maths Hub Lead School to carry out activities aligned with the aims of the Maths Hubs programme, are data processors.

As such, personal data collected by Maths Hubs that is relevant to the successful coordination and delivery of the Maths Hubs programme will be shared with the DfE, the NCETM, and other Maths Hub Lead Schools. Such data may also be shared with an independent evaluator of the Maths Hubs programme and Teaching for Mastery programme.

The DfE reserves the right to share your personal data with new lead schools where additional Maths Hubs are appointed or where a lead school is de-designated and lead school status is transferred. The DfE also reserves the right to share your personal data with any organisation or consortium that holds a future contract with the DfE to coordinate and manage the Maths Hubs programme or with an independent body who will use the data to evaluate the work of the programme.

Transfer to Countries Outside the European Union:

Your personal data will not be transferred outside of United Kingdom or the European Union.

How long we will keep your personal data:

The Department will only keep your personal data for the lifetime of the Maths Hubs programme and, where relevant, Teaching for Mastery programme plus 6 months, after which point it will be securely destroyed. Please note that, under Data Protection legislation, and in compliance with the relevant data processing conditions, personal data can be kept for longer periods of time when processed purely for archiving purposes in the public interest, scientific or historical research, and statistical purposes.

Your data protection rights:

Under certain circumstances, you have the right:

  • to ask us for access to information about you that we hold
  • to have your personal data rectified, if it is inaccurate or incomplete
  • to request the deletion or removal of personal data where there is no compelling reason for its continued processing
  • to restrict our processing of your personal data (for example, permitting its storage but no further processing)
  • to object to direct marketing (including profiling) and processing for the purposes of scientific/historical research and statistics
  • not to be subject to decisions based purely on automated processing where it produces a legal or similarly significant effect on you

Please contact the Maths Hub Lead School regarding any of the above Find your hub | NCETM 

Further information about your data protection rights appears on the Information Commissioner’s website at: Guide to Data Protection | ICO and Individual rights | ICO

Withdrawal of consent and the right to lodge a complaint:

Where we are processing your personal data with your consent, you have the right to withdraw that consent. If you change your mind, or you are unhappy with our use of your personal data, please let us know by contacting the Maths Hub Lead School and state the name of this project.

Alternatively, you have the right to raise any concerns with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) via their website at https://ico.org.uk/concerns/.

Last updated:

We may need to update this privacy notice periodically, so we recommend that you revisit this information from time to time. This version was last updated: September 2023.

Contact Info:

If you have any questions about how your personal information will be used, please contact the Maths Hub Lead School and enter “Maths Hub privacy notice” as a reference. For the DfE’s Data Protection Officer (DPO), please contact us via gov.uk and mark it for the attention of the ‘DPO’.