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 over the course of two years.

The first year in post is a training and development year, establishing mastery in their own schools, with the support of the senior leadership team.


In the second year the training focus shifts to develop Mastery Specialists in their role as Professional Development Leads and there is the opportunity to gain NCETM PD Lead Accreditation.


In the second and following years, specialists will engage in a variety of work including leading Work Groups, developing seven other schools in the development of teaching for mastery, leading the embedding of mastery in schools and leading Work Groups to sustain teaching for mastery.

Here Leanne Casey (mastery specialist) discusses the benefits of the role for herself, her colleagues and her pupils. This podcast goes into detail about the professional benefits of becoming a Mastery Specialist. 

  • Mastery Specialists will develop:

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

- Deep subject and pedagogical knowledge of primary mathematics 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 mathematics

- 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 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.

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Fulwood Road 


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