Primary Mastery Specialists Programme

 Each year the NCETM and Maths Hubs seek to recruit a cohort of

expert primary school teachers to develop and work as Primary Mastery Specialists.

Applications are now open for cohort 8!

In the specialist training year, 2022/23, participating teachers will:

• participate in three two-day residential professional development events led by the NCETM (all dates are provisional dependent on restrictions on travel/work etc. in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic); provisionally, these will be held in November 2022, March 2023 and June 2023 but are subject to confirmation

• broaden their own understanding of, and skills in, teaching maths for mastery in their own classroom

• work with colleagues, including the headteacher, to develop teaching for mastery approaches across their school, using a range of professional development activity, including regular Teacher Research Group (TRG) meetings

• lead a pilot TRG with teachers from interested local schools

• collaborate with the Maths Hub’s leadership and the other Maths Hub Mastery Specialists.


This first year will require 15 days’ teacher release time and will be fully funded through the Maths Hubs. The second year onwards will require teacher release time and will be fully funded through the Maths Hubs. The exact number of days will be discussed with the Maths Hub and depend on the nature of the work carried out by the specialist. Typically, this could be approximately 12- 37 days in any one academic year.


In 2023/24 and beyond (subject to DfE funding), the Mastery Specialists will:


• lead Work Groups to develop, embed and sustain teaching for mastery in other schools in their Maths Hub


• continue to develop, embed and sustain teaching for mastery approaches across their own school

• continue to collaborate with the Maths Hub’s leadership and Mastery Specialists

• attend three days of training to develop their role as Professional Development Leads and obtain NCETM PD Lead Accreditation, if appropriate.


This short video from 2017/18 tells you more about how Mastery Specialists are trained and what their role involves.

Benefits for participating teachers and their schools;


Participating in the programme will provide the following benefits to the Mastery Specialists and their schools:

• Mastery Specialists will develop:

o understanding of the principles of mastery within the context of teaching maths

o deep subject and pedagogical knowledge of primary maths to support teaching for mastery

o skills of teaching, planning and assessment in order to effectively support pupils in developing a deep and sustainable understanding (i.e. mastery) of maths o professional development leadership skills to support teachers, within their own school and in other schools, to adopt a teaching for mastery approach, including leading Teacher Research Groups.


• Mastery Specialists will have the opportunity to work closely with the NCETM central team and the national and local communities of Mastery Specialists


• Mastery Specialists who are not already accredited NCETM PD Leads will be able to gain this accreditation through successful completion of the programme


• The Mastery Specialist’s school will benefit from high quality and sustained support in embedding teaching for mastery across the school.