Primary Teaching for Mastery

What is Primary Teaching for Mastery?

The Primary Teaching for Mastery Programme is a professional development opportunity designed to support teachers to develop best practice in maths in school. This stage of the Teaching for Mastery journey is the 'Development' phase.


The participants in this project are primary schools who wish to develop a teaching for mastery approach or continue their development where the approach has already started. Each school will identify two teachers to take part in the Work Group. These teachers will develop their own practice and will be empowered by their headteacher to start to bring about changes across their school.

Once a school has completed its first year in the Primary Teaching for Mastery Programme the school will then move onto the second phase of the programme, the Primary Embedding Programme.

What is involved?

Two teachers from each participating school join a Work Group, consisting of six or seven local primary schools. Each Work Group is led by a trained Primary Mastery Specialist. Work Groups meet regularly to plan, observe and discuss teaching for mastery. In between meetings, teachers explore mastery approaches in their own classrooms and across their school.

Support is provided from a local classroom-based Mastery Specialist who leads the group. This model of professional development involves hands-on learning and peer-to-peer support. It is evidence-based and designed to support substantial long-term change.

Who can take part?

This programme is for state-funded primary schools in England. Two teachers from each participant school will attend six half-day meetings during the school year, and lead teaching for mastery development in their own school.

NB: Schools can only take part in this particular Work Group once. However, there are other Work Groups dealing with teaching for mastery which are available in the year after a school is in a Development Work Group and beyond. 

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The Primary Teaching for Mastery Development Work Groups project is fully funded by the Maths Hubs Programme so is free to participating schools.