Textbooks

The use of well-designed and tested textbooks is critical for the successful implementation of teaching for mastery. A good textbook is an aid both for the teacher in planning lessons, and for the pupil during lessons and working on their own.

For this reason, a proportion of the overall Department for Education (DfE) funding for teaching for mastery is being made available to Primary Mastery Specialists and those schools participating in the Maths Hubs projects (Work Groups) that they lead. The funding is to help buy high-quality maths textbooks that meet criteria drawn up by the DfE.

Each school year, publishers are invited to submit textbooks for review against the criteria by an expert panel established by the DfE.

In the most recent review, announced in July 2019, the panel concluded that three textbooks had met the published criteria:

  • Maths - No Problem! (published by Maths - No Problem!)
  • Power Maths Key Stage 1 (published by Pearson)
  • Power Maths Key Stage 2 (published by Pearson)

This meant the list remained unchanged from the previous year.

Schools eligible due to their participation in the Teaching for Mastery Programme in 2019/20 have until 31 July 2020 to make match-funding claims for spending on any of the above books.

Publishers seeking further information about the Maths Textbook Panel Process should contact maths.programme@education.gov.uk.

Names of primary schools that were eligible to claim match-funding based on participation in the Teaching for Mastery Programme in 2016/17 can be found in this list of eligible schools. Those that were eligible for 2017/18 can be found in this document.

Part 1 of the list of those eligible for 2018/19 can be found in this document. Part 2 can be found in this document. All of these claiming windows are now closed

Here is a list of schools eligible for match-funding in 2019/20.