What is Mastery? An Introduction
Future mathematical learning is built on solid foundations which do not need to be re-taught. A central component in the NCETM/Maths Hubs programmes to develop Mastery Specialists has been discussion of Five Big Ideas, drawn from research evidence, underpinning teaching for mastery. This is the diagram used to help bind these ideas together:
The essential idea behind mastery is that all children need a deep understanding of the mathematics they are learning so that there is no need for separate catch-up programmes due to some children falling behind. Children who, under other teaching approaches, can often fall a long way behind are better able to keep up with their peers, so that gaps in attainment are narrowed whilst the attainment of all is raised.
Each year, there are opportunities to train as a Mastery Specialist (primary and secondary) or to join a Teacher Research Group. We also run the Mastery Readiness Programme (Primary) which supports schools who need a structured approach before joining a Teacher Research Group. Further information about all of these opportunities, videos of senior leaders and case studies from schools across the country can be found at https://www.ncetm.org.uk/resources/47230
If you are interested in being part of a Teacher Research Group, Training to be a Mastery Specialist or joining the Mastery Readiness Programme (Primary), please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org