Teaching for Mastery
Mastering maths means pupils acquiring a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject. The phrase ‘teaching for mastery’ describes the elements of classroom practice and school organisation that combine to give pupils the best chances of mastering maths. Achieving mastery means acquiring a solid enough understanding of the maths that’s been taught to enable pupils to move on to more advanced material.
Every year the South Yorkshire Maths Hub run Teaching for Mastery Work Groups led by Mastery Specialists. This programme is for schools who have a commitment to developing a teaching for mastery approach. The participation involves two teachers attending specialized Work Groups outside of the school, it is expected that these two teachers lead practice and development across the whole school.
Since 2015 the NCETM and Maths Hubs have recruited more than 5,000 schools to participate in the programme and by summer 2019 nearly 700 Mastery Specialists were trained to be expert classroom practitioners in their own schools. Then once trained, Mastery Specialists work within other schools in Teaching for Mastery Work Groups.