Mastery Readiness

What is Mastery Readiness?


The Mastery Readiness Programme is for primary schools that want to adopt teaching for mastery in maths, but would benefit from a staged approach. This stage of the Teaching for Mastery journey is the 'Preparatory' phase. Completing the Mastery Readiness Programme usually takes a year. After this, schools are prioritised for a place on the high-profile Teaching for Mastery Programme with the South Yorkshire Maths Hub. As part of this programme, they benefit from three further years of support.


Schools who take part in the programme will work closely with expert practitioners who work as part of Maths Hubs leadership teams. 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

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Click here to read a case study from a school on the Mastery Readiness Programme in Northumberland.

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.