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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. 

Mastery Work Group – 2017-18 Info and Appli

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.




New Forest


27th January 2017

13th March 2017

2nd May 2017

Forest Lodge and Barley Lodge Hotel

Isle of Wight


31st January 2017

14th March 2017

3rd May 2017




1st February 2017

17th March 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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New website

Although not quite the finished article, we will be responsive to requests by Maths colleagues. You will be able to :

  • Read about our planned workgroups for the year.
  • Book on all our current courses and download related invoices.
  • Download materials from conferences and workgroups.
  • ‘Meet’ the team.
  • Make suggestions/comments.
  • Sign up for the Solent Maths Hub.
  • See our news section for local and national Maths News.
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Conference success

A fantastic turnout for the Solent Maths Hub conference on 30th November 2016, with over 180 delegates from across the region.

The day started with an inspiring presentation from Charlie Stripp, Director of the NCETM (National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Maths) who facilitates the Maths Hubs nationally. After coffee delegates divided into separate areas: Early Years, SEND, Primary, Secondary, Post 16 (Level 2) and Post 16 (Level 3)

Speakers included Professor Paul Glaister , Chair of the Joint Mathematics Council who has consulted on the Smith review on Post 16 Maths education, which is to be published in January. We were also delighted the welcome Carrie and Nancy –our visiting teachers from Shanghai.

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