Secondary Mastery Specialists Programme

Each year Maths Hubs, working in conjunction with the NCETM, seek applications from secondary schools that wish to nominate ‘lead teachers’ to take part in an important three-year professional development programme leading to the designation of Secondary Mastery Specialist.


This project is for secondary teachers who wish to develop their knowledge and expertise in mastery so they can support teachers in their own and other schools. It is a three-year programme which involves residential training sessions, in-school development, and gap tasks which are completed between sessions. Mastery Specialists work in their hub area to support other schools looking to introduce mastery.

​Benefits of participating in the programme include:

  • The teachers in the department (including the lead teacher) developing a deep understanding of the principles and pedagogies underpinning teaching for mastery and acquire enhanced mathematics subject knowledge with a particular emphasis on progression within key areas of mathematics

  • The teachers developing teaching, planning and assessment practices which support a teaching for mastery approach

  • The lead teacher developing his/her own understanding and practice in supporting collaborative professional development within and beyond school. (Participants who are not already NCETM Accredited PD Leads will also be able to gain this accreditation through successful completion of the programme.)

  • The department developing a clear set of principles, policies, practices and systems (including curriculum and staffing / timetable developments) which support a mastery curriculum and a teaching for mastery approach

  • The department making effective use of materials and resources, including textbooks, to support the design of well-crafted lessons to support teaching for mastery

  • Students developing a deep understanding of the mathematical ideas they are taught so that they fully meet the aims of the National Curriculum (i.e. fluency, reasoning and problem solving), show a positive attitude towards mathematics, enjoy learning the subject and demonstrate a growth mindset.

Schools will recieve funding to cover the costs of realse time for the teacher over the course of the programme. The Hub will also fun will fund the cost of the teacher enrolling and participating in the NCETM Accredited Secondary PD Leads programme.

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