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Further Education Mastery Specialist

This programme is now closed for applications. Please follow the "Get in Touch" button above to register interest for next year. 

Following the success of the Primary and Secondary Mastery Specialist Programmes, Maths Hubs, working in conjunction with the NCETM, are now seeking applications from Further Education establishments that wish to nominate ‘lead teachers’ to take part in an important two-year professional development programme leading to the designation of Further Education Mastery Specialist. The programme is aimed at those who teach GCSE Mathematics resit and/or Functional Skills Qualifications (FSQs).

More information about Further Education Mastery Specialists can be found in the news item Mastery Specialists in GCSE Resit and Functional Skills.

Who can take part?

The programme is aimed at those who teach GCSE Mathematics resit and/or Functional Skills Qualifications (FSQs).

Establishments nominating teachers for this role would be committed to the development of teaching for mastery in the lead teacher’s classroom and, in the second year, enabling collaborative development across the maths department/faculty.


What is involved?

Participating FE establishments will nominate a lead teacher to develop as a Mastery Specialist and follow a minimum two-year programme.

Two cohorts will run in 2023/24: a Trailblazer cohort, and Cohort 1.

  • Trailblazer cohort will start in the summer term 2023. This is a pilot programme for a small number of participants who will have the opportunity to evaluate content and inform planning for Cohort 1. The Trailblazer cohort will be approximately three to four months ahead of Cohort 1 in their training and development. Members of the Trailblazer cohort will become members of the Local Leaders in Mathematics Education (LLME) community within their Maths Hub.

  • Cohort 1 will start in the autumn term 2023 and will form the first full cohort of 40 Mastery Specialists.

During the first year, for both the Trailblazer cohort and Cohort 1, the emphasis will be on the lead teacher developing their knowledge, understanding and skills of teaching for mastery in their own establishment.

The Further Education Mastery Specialist Programme is fully funded by the Maths Hubs Programme so is free to participating FE establishments.

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