The second wave of 140 primary school teachers, selected for training to become Mastery Specialists, began their development year by attending a London conference in July. The 140, selected from more than 400 applicants, were joined by their headteachers: a sign that the long-term objective in these 140 schools is a transformation of how maths is taught, and learnt, in all year groups, and not just in the Mastery Specialists’ classrooms.
The conference was led by the NCETM’s Director for Primary, Debbie Morgan.
During this school year the Mastery Specialists will attend three two-day workshops, conduct gap-tasks, and lead the introduction and development of mastery techniques to maths teaching in their schools, as well as start outreach work with other local schools.
The conference was addressed by two teachers from the first wave of Mastery Specialists, who’d just completed their development year.
This year, each Cohort One Mastery Specialist is working with six local schools, in structured Maths Hub Work Groups, as the process starts of spreading teaching for mastery expertise and practice around the school system.