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Secondary Mathematics Teaching for Mastery Specialist Programme

The Solent Maths Hub would like to recruit 2 further members of the Secondary Mastery Team.  This is a fantastic opportunity to develop Mastery Teaching in your school and others across the region. You will have access to high quality training and be part of a national team of leading teachers.

For further details,  interested teachers should see the information document and application form.  CLOSING DATE Monday 18th September . 


Secondary Mastery Specialist Programme – Information and Application (201718)

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What are Maths Hubs?

Maths Hubs have been established to help schools and colleges lead improvement in mathematics education in England. They seek to harness all the maths leadership and expertise within an area, to develop and spread excellent practice, for the benefit of all pupils and students. They are part of the wider development of school-led system leadership in England.

Each Maths Hub is a partnership, led locally by an outstanding school or college. The lead school identifies strategic partners, who help plan and evaluate the hub’s work, and operational partners, who help carry out the hub’s work. So, the hub is not just the lead school or college – instead it is more like a maths leadership network involving schools, colleges and other organisations with maths education expertise from across the hub’s area.

If teachers, schools or groups of schools are seeking support from a Maths Hub, they should contact their nearest Maths Hub to see what work it is doing and how it might be able to support. Similarly, teachers or schools may have ideas for work or expertise they would like to share with the Maths Hub. Again, they should contact the Maths Hub leadership to discuss their proposals.

The Mary Rose Academy is the Lead School for the Solent Maths Hub. Our Hub covers the area from Basingstoke across Hampshire to Portsmouth, Southampton and The Isle of Wight. The Solent Maths Hub is the only Hub that is based at an Outstanding Teaching School for pupils with Special Needs. Our activities are truly inclusive with offers for teachers in all sectors of education. Maths Hubs harness all maths leadership and expertise within an area, to develop and spread excellent practice, for the benefit of all pupils and students. We would like to work with all the schools in our region and so would be delighted if you would like to become involved. To get involved with the Solent Maths Hub, simply complete our contact form.

The programme is funded by the Department for Education (DfE) and coordinated centrally by the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching.

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During the first years of the Solent Maths Hub much of our work was focused on Primary Mastery. This year we are developing this work with Secondary colleagues. We have appointed four Teaching for Mastery specialist teachers in the region:

Amber Hodge -Trafalgar School (Salterns Academy Trust) -Portsmouth

Amy Fuller – The Priory School( Bohunt Academy Trust)-Portsmouth/Hampshire.

Ceri Reece- Crestwood School -Eastleigh/Hampshire

Dan Marshall- King Richard School-Portsmouth

After they have undergone national training they will be working with schools across the region in intensive Teach Research groups later in the academic year.

To register interest in your school being part of this exciting national project please contact us on


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Developing mathematical reasoning is one of the key aims of both the new National Curriculum and the new GCSE, and is currently a focus for the national Maths Hubs Network. It is essential that schools develop students who are able to think mathematically and solve problems in a range of contexts. Students need to be able to articulate their reasoning in order to deepen their understanding of the mathematics and develop solutions to problems. This work group is being led by Wendy Bright from Bridgemary School Gosport, together with Professor Keith Jones from University of Southampton.



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Teaching for Mastery


Primary Maths Hubs continue to promote Teaching for Mastery in schools across England.  In November 2016, we hosted two Chinese teachers, Carrie and Nancy, who produced fabulous showcase events throughout the Solent region.

Our Teaching for Mastery Leads for the Solent are (jointly) Sue Wilson, Executive Headteacher, Northern Parade Primary School and Jess Paul, Assistant Headteacher and SLE.  We are currently training eight Primary Mastery Specialist teachers across the region who will each work with six schools, giving us 48 schools receiving
intensive training.  For further information, see our upcoming article on our website. Schools wishing to know more should contact us at

“There can now be no doubt in anyone’s mind that Ofsted is fully supportive of schools changing the way they teach maths, to reflect a mastery approach.  We are very grateful to Jane Jones for spelling out so clearly how the mastery approach is completely consistent with the aims of the new maths National Curriculum, and for the immensely helpful advice she gave to headteachers preparing for Ofsted inspections.  We hope this will give schools more confidence to take a mastery approach to maths teaching, which, evidence suggests, helps all pupils to improve their understanding of maths. “

Charlie Stripp Director of NCETM


PRIMARY MASTERY TEACHING FOR MASTERY WORK GROUPS – Information and Application (2017-18)

In 2017-2018, all Maths Hubs will be running primary mathematics Teaching for Mastery Work Groups led by Mastery Specialists.   Each Maths Hub is now seeking to recruit schools for up to eight Work Groups, each involving six or seven schools (i.e. up to 56 schools per Maths Hub).  The attached document gives information about the Work Groups and how schools can apply to be involved.  The closing date for application is Friday, 16th June. 

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And now teaching for Mastery arrives in our secondary schools!

During the first years of the Solent Maths Hub, much of our work was focused on Primary Mastery.  This year, we are developing this work with Secondary colleagues. 

We have appointed four Teaching for Mastery specialist teachers in the region: 

Amber Hodge – Trafalgar School (Salterns Academy Trust) – Portsmouth 

Amy Fuller – The Priory School (Bohunt Academy Trust) – Portsmouth/Hampshire 

Ceri Reece – Crestwood School – Eastleigh/Hampshire 

Dan Marshall – King Richard School, Portsmouth 

After they have undergone national training, they will be working with schools across the region in intensive Teacher Research Groups later in the academic year. 




Post 16 – Levels 2 and 3


VENUE:    Highpoint, Bursledon Road, Southampton SO19 8BR, 9.30 am – 3.30 pm

Like so many maths teachers across the country, we have eagerly waited for the publication of the Smith review into Post 16 Mathematics.  This has been held up for a number of reasons but we hope that there will be some news soon.  We fully expect the recommendations to be highly significant at both Level 3 and Level 2.

This event is designed to be as informative as possible about upcoming changes and implications.  We are very lucky to have joining us, a number of experts in the field, as follows:

  • Carol Knights, Secondary Director, NCETM
  • Jeff Trim and Ken Chamberlain, Further Maths Support Programme
  • Helen Kelsey, Core Maths Support Programme
  • Presentation from representatives from OCR, AQA and Edexcel regarding their new A Level specifications and support
  • Dr Charlotta Howarth and Niamh Dobson, Systems BAE Systems
  • Professor Paul Glaister, Chair of Joint Mathematical Council and advisor to the DFE on Post 16 Maths (including the Smith Review)

    If you would like to attend, please email

    Please Note:  This event is free of charge

CORE MATHS – 3 day course for teachers who have never taught Core Maths before and will be teaching it in September 2017 or 2018.

DATE:    18, 19 and 20 July

VENUE: Highpoint, Southampton

Please find attached, full details.  core-maths-training-event-18-20-july



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SEND Mathematics

As the only Maths Hub based in a special school (Mary Rose Academy-a 3-18 school for pupils with severe and complex needs) ,the Solent Maths Hub is committed to working with the SEND Maths community.

Kim Radlett Outstanding Teacher and Maths Leader from Cliffdale Academy, is the SEND lead for the Solent Maths Hub.

We are in the process of organising a national SEND Maths conference in June 2017. In addition, we will be working closely with the Mathematics Association EQUALS Magazine for SEND teachers. The Maths Hub has formed a good collaborative relationship with the Swiss Cottage research centre in Camden. In September we ran a highly successful Send Mathematics week, including input from Les Staves who is a leading figure nationally in teaching Maths to ‘Very Special Pupils’. We will also focus much of our attention to the needs of SEND pupils in mainstream schools.

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Early Years Maths

The Solent Maths hub recognises the importance of supporting Early Years Teachers across the region and nationally.

We have appointed an Early Years Maths Lead  Marie Heinst, who many teachers will know from her work across the region and nationally. 

As part of our development and support in this area we are offering:

The NCETM Professional Development Lead Support Programme- Early Years (see Leadership Page for more details)

Early Years Mathematics Teacher Groups:

We are pleased to offer the following professional development for teachers of pupils aged from 3-5 years. The sessions will be led by Marie Heinst an expert in Early Mathematics -well known across our region. The days will focus on collaborative development as detailed below together with ‘gap tasks’

  • Working together to deepen teaching and learning in Early Years mathematics
  • Reviewing ‘big ideas’ in early years mathematics – the core concepts and skills that provide foundations for further mathematics learning and support more secure mathematical understanding
  • Practitioner research to improve your practice by: sharing expertise, systematically gathering and analysing evidence and reviewing classroom based research
  • Sessions will inform and inspire current ideas and strategies for promoting language skills and deeper mathematical thinking within your learning environment.




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27th January 2017

13th March 2017

2nd May 2017

Forest Lodge and Barley Lodge Hotel

Isle of Wight


31st January 2017

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21st March 2017

9th May 2017

Training & Learning Centre



7th February 2017

24th March 2017

16th May 2017

Wooteys Junior School

Lee Park/Havant


10th February 2017

29th March 2017

17th May 2017

Park Community School


14th February 2017

4th April 2017

24th May 2017

Bridgemary School

The cost of this 3-day course is £90 to cover venue costs. To sign up for this course please email or via our book courses page stating clearly which Centre you would prefer. Closing Date 6/1/2017


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