Maths Mastery

What is maths mastery?
Maths mastery is an approach to teaching which aims to improve pupils' understanding, enjoyment and attainment in mathematics.  Teaching for mastery's principles include high expectations for every child and a focus on conceptual understanding using a concrete, pictorial and abstract approach.  Teaching for mastery is believing that every child can be a mathematician.
St Mark's Church of England Primary School is a leading school for teaching for mastery. 
In July 2015, the DFE launched a national network of Maths Hubs with the aim of achieving excellence in maths education from primary school to post-16. The Maths Hubs are led by outstanding schools or colleges and are acting as leaders, addressing issues within maths education and supporting other schools and teachers with implementing recent reforms. The National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) coordinate the programme at a national level and provide specialist advice and support to ensure best practice in the Maths Hubs is shared amongst the whole network. 
We are delighted to inform you that St Mark's Cof E Primary school have been appointed as a leading school for teaching for mastery, and each academic year host Teacher Research Groups.  This is a a great opportunity for teachers to come together, observe maths lessons and share ideas and best practice with colleagues in schools across Southampton and Hampshire.
Participating schools will receive:
- High quality support for teacher professional developments for the lead teachers, facilitated by the Mastery Specialist.
- Support for the Headteacher in addressing leadership issues related to teaching for mastery from the Mastery Specialist and the Maths Hubs leadership
- Opportunity to work closely with other schools also developing teaching for mastery
- No charge for participation and a grant of £1000 to help subsidise teacher release time
- Financial help, should the school make the decision to purchase textbooks (subject to DfE confirmation)
If you would like to find out more about the teaching for mastery programme please take a look at these websites:
If you would like to sign up to be part of the teacher research group for the academic year 2019-20, please complete the application form and return to the Solent Maths Hub (contact details can be found on their website).  A copy of the application form is below.
  1. Primary TfM Work Group Schools Information and Application