London South West Maths Hub


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Apply to be a Secondary Mastery Specialist Teacher

Deadline to apply: Friday 26th April 2019


Following the ongoing success of the previous three cohorts, Maths Hubs, working in conjunction with the NCETM, are now seeking 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.

Schools nominating teachers for this role would be committed to developing teaching for mastery in their own classrooms, their own mathematics department and, later on, facilitate and support teaching for mastery in a small number of other interested secondary schools within their Maths Hub area.

Each Maths Hub will select between two and four teachers to attend training events, and start in-school work, commencing in the Autumn term 2019, and continue their work over the next three years.

  • Year 1 - develop own in-class practice  (15 days)

  • Year 2 - work within/across department & take PD Lead accreditation (15 days)

  • Year 3 - work with 2+ other schools

Academic year 2019/20:

In the initial stages of the programme, the selected teacher will attend three residential training events (dates to be confirmed) to develop their own skills of teaching for mastery with their own classes.   The rest of the time will be spent during the year working with the hub team and planning and development work within their own department.  This amounts to 15 days’ worth of time, funded at £200 per day. 

The benefits for schools that apply to be part of the programme include:

  • Maths department teachers developing a deep understanding of the principles and pedagogies underpinning teaching for mastery, and enhanced mathematics subject knowledge
  • 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.)
  • Pupils 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)

Please see information sheet and application form for more detailed information.


Applicants should complete the application form and e-mail it to  by 5pm on Friday 26th April 2019.

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Secondary Teaching for Mastery Work Groups 2019-2020


We are currently in the process of recruiting schools to take part in Secondary Teaching for Mastery Work Groups during 2019/2020.  


Secondary maths teachers whose schools want to introduce and embed teaching for mastery can nominate two teachers (Mastery Advocates) to join a Work Group. You will be part of a locally-based group of teachers who meet regularly to develop professional knowledge and expertise, as well as receiving bespoke support.

In a Teaching for Mastery Work Group you will:

  • collaborate with colleagues from other local schools to share best practice
  • get individual school support and guidance from a local leader of maths education (LLME)
  • take away ideas to help your students become more confident mathematicians, ready to tackle GCSEs and A levels
  • introduce and embed teaching for mastery in your classroom and department

The fully funded programme (£2,000 to cover release time) enables you and another teacher from your school to become ‘Mastery Advocates’.  Initially you will be part of a Work Group for a year. You will also get in-school support from a Mastery Specialist. Beyond this, you will continue to work with your local Maths Hub and take part in a Work Group as you embed mastery across your department.

This opportunity is suitable for all maths teachers, from NQTs to Heads of Department. It requires the support of your Headteacher/a member of SLT.

If you are interested then please do complete the attached application form and return to the Hub administrator, Lesley Dibbens. For further information please do get in touch and we will be happy to talk through any questions you may have about this exciting opportunity.  


In the meantime, you might enjoy this short video clip which gives a flavour of the teaching for mastery approach. 

Full details of this exciting opportunity can be found on the NCETM website here

If you are interested in applying, please use the expression of interest form and return to Lesley Dibbens at the London SW Maths Hub by latest 30th April 2019.