London South West Maths Hub

Work Groups

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Designing Lessons: depth of learning for all


The project will focus on designing effective lesson plans, making use of key resources such as the Primary Mastery Professional Development materials and text books. There has been a large investment in both resources and making effective use of them will support schools in embedding teaching for mastery in mathematics. For schools that have taken up the text book funding, this Work Group will provide them with the opportunity to reflect on how these materials can be best used to support teachers, through the planning process, to develop subject and pedagogical knowledge.


Who is this for?

Schools that have made a significant commitment to teaching for mastery in their curriculum planning are invited to nominate two teachers for the Work Group. It is recommended that schools have participated in a TRG Work Group, but this is not essential. One of the teachers attending the Work Group should be in a middle or senior leadership role (ideally the Maths Lead), with experience and expertise in teaching for mastery. It will also be suitable for schools that have taken up textbook match funding and are looking for support with good use of the new resources.


What is involved?

Participants attend a meeting for one day per term with all the other schools in the Work Group.

There is also one further day per term, which involves a meeting with the two teachers from another school in the Work Group to enable joint planning and observation of each other’s lessons. This has a particular focus on the small steps required in teaching for mastery.


Intended outcomes

Participants should gain a deep understanding of the elements of effective lesson design and how the big ideas of mastery influence this, particularly regarding small steps of learning. They will be able to make good decisions about what to include or leave out, and when to supplement the materials with their own.

Teachers are expected to share their learning with others teaching maths in their school, and that this will influence the whole school’s maths lesson planning.

The impact of small steps lesson planning and learning will be seen by progress shown in children’s books.


Expectations of participants and their schools

Participants will be expected to attend all workshops. Each pair of colleagues from a school will work with a pair from another school to design, deliver, observe and evaluate lessons as well as discussing progress and actions with the Work Group Lead. Participants will be expected to offer their feedback on the Mastery Professional Development Materials as well as the lessons that they collaboratively design.

Schools will be expected to release two participants for the days required and to support them in providing time for collaborative work with the in-school and partner school colleagues. It is expected that participating schools will be committed to embedding teaching for mastery in their curriculum and will be able to benefit from the participation of their teachers in this Work Group.


Download the Lesson Design information sheet


London SW Maths Hub are offering 4 different cohorts:


Cohort 4 - Using text books - KS1 & KS2 (Places available)   (Booking Closed).

Location: Belleville Primary School, Meteor Street, SW11 5NZ

Day 1 Monday 9th March (09.30 – 15.00)

Day 2 Monday 30th March (09.30 – 15.00)

Day 3 Monday 27th April (09.30 – 15.00)

Cohort 1 - Teachers in Years 1 & 2 (Booking Closed). 

Day 1 – 04/12/19 – Ravenstone Primary School, SW12 9SS

Day 2 – 16/01/20 – Heathmere Primary School, SW15 4LJ

Day 3 – 31/03/20 – Chesterton Primary School, SW11 5DT


(All sessions 09.30 – 15.00)

Cohort 2 - Teachers in Years 3 & 4 (Booking Closed). 

Location: Avenue Primary Academy, Sutton SM2 6JE

Day 1: Wednesday 4th December 2019 (9:00 – 15:00) 

Day 2: Tuesday 11th February 2019 (9:00 – 15:00) 

Day 3: Friday 24th April 2020 (9:00 – 15:00)


Cohort 3 - Teachers in Year 5 & 6 (Booking Closed). 

Location: Chesterton Primary School, Dagnall Street SW11 5DT

Day 1: Monday 20th January 2020 (09.30 – 15.00)

Day 2:Thursday 13th Februry 2020 (09.30 - 1500)

Day 3: Tuesday 17th March 2020 (09.30 – 15.00) - Day 3 postponed new date tbc.