Primary Mastery Specialists Programme

 Each year the NCETM and Maths Hubs seek to recruit a a cohort of expert primary school teachers to develop and work as Primary Mastery Specialists.

The first year participating teachers will; 


  • Participate in three two-day residential professional development events led by the NCETM.

  • Broaden their own understanding of and skills in teaching maths for mastery in their own classroom.

  • Work with colleagues, supported by 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.


In the second year and beyond 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.

In 2022/23 they will 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: 

- Understanding of the principles of mastery within the context of teaching maths

- Deep subject and pedagogical knowledge of primary maths to support teaching for mastery

- Skills of teaching, planning and assessment in order to effectively support pupils in developing a deep and sustainable understanding (i.e. mastery) of maths

- 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.