London South West Maths Hub

Work Groups

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Primary Sustaining Teaching for Mastery Work Groups 


This is for all primary schools who have previously been involved in teaching for mastery via a Development or Embedding Work Group, or who are Mastery Specialist schools. It brings together schools across the Maths Hubs Network that are working on continued development to sustain their teaching for mastery approach to mathematics.


It is new in 2020/21 and builds on the work carried out in previous teaching for mastery Work Groups This year it will particularly focus on curriculum recovery. It will support schools in helping pupils make up for lost time through focusing on what really matters and providing a network of mutual support and expert guidance.


What is involved?

The Work Group combines six workshop sessions spread out over the year, led by the Work Group Lead (a Mastery Specialist). School-based work is led by the lead participants in their own schools.

The workshops are hosted in different schools during the year with the first workshop being held in the Mastery Specialist’s school. In order to maximise the benefit of each workshop session, an afternoon model is proposed so that a twilight meeting can take place afterwards to allow additional teachers to join.


Who can apply?

Schools participating will have previously taken part in a Development Work Group and might have received support for embedding teaching for mastery. A key characteristic of all the schools is strong commitment from both school and subject leadership for sustaining mastery approaches and for most teachers to have already started using mastery approaches. Each school will have a lead participant in the Work Group, normally the subject leader for maths. They are likely to have played a lead role in previous years. At different points in the year other teachers will participate in aspects of the Work Group workshops, either when hosting a TRG session or participating in a collaborative planning session.