Primary Developing Teaching for Mastery Work Group
The Teaching for Mastery Work Group
This is part of the continuing programme to develop teaching for mastery in mathematics in primary schools. Each Maths Hub has a group of Primary Mastery Specialists who have taken part in national training.
Each of these specialists leads a Work Group of six or seven schools in developing their approach to teaching for mastery.
What does the opportunity involve?
Two teachers from each participating school join a Work Group, consisting of six or seven local primary schools. Each Work Group is led by a trained primary Mastery Specialist.
Work Groups (sometimes known as Teacher Research Groups, or TRGs) meet regularly to plan, observe and discuss teaching for mastery. In between meetings, teachers explore mastery approaches in their own classrooms and across their school. Work Groups run for a year initially, with many continuing beyond the first year as mastery is embedded in participants’ schools.
Support is provided from a local classroom-based Mastery Specialist who leads the group. This model of professional development involves hands-on learning and peer-to-peer support. It is evidence-based and designed to support substantial long-term change.