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Secondary Teaching for Mastery

What is Secondary Teaching for Mastery?


The Secondary Teaching for Mastery at Key Stage 3 is a Work Group which aims to develop a Key Stage 3 curriculum which embeds a deep understanding of mathematical concepts.

Teaching for Mastery Work Groups are available for teachers looking to introduce or embed mastery approach in their department. Nationally trained Secondary Mastery Specialists will work with groups of schools to help them develop a mastery approach, as well as providing bespoke in-school support.

You will begin the journey on the 'Development' phase of the programme where two teachers from each of two schools become ‘Mastery Advocates’ within their own departments, working closely with a Mastery Specialist to understand the principles and practices associated with teaching for mastery.

​In a Teaching for Mastery Work Group, teachers collaborate with colleagues from local schools, and get support and guidance from a Local Leader of Maths Education (LLME). Participants also take away ideas to help students become more confident mathematicians, ready to tackle GCSEs and A levels, and begin to introduce and embed teaching for mastery.

After your schools first year in the programme you continue to move through the programmes next stages which is the Secondary Embedding programme and Sustaining Programme for year 2, year 3 and beyond.


Year 2 will focus on advocates and their departments who have participated in a development Work Group and continue to work with a Mastery Specialist. Then year 3 is a continuation of membership of a professional learning community of other departments, with meetings facilitated by a Mastery Specialist.

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The Secondary Teaching for Mastery Development Work Groups project is fully funded by the Maths Hubs Programme.

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