Forthcoming On-line Session with Debbie Morgan, Primary Director of NCETM

Dear Colleague, 
With only two weeks to go until half term, we hope you are continuing to manage through the ever-changing circumstances.  In July, the DfE released new guidance to support the Primary National Curriculum.  This publication was written with the support of many Primary Mastery Specialists and the NCETM including Debbie Morgan, Primary Director of the NCETM.  We are pleased to announce that we have booked Debbie for a twilight session on Wednesday 18th November 4:30pm-5:30pm to talk through the guidance materials, supporting schools to understand the ideas sitting behind the resources and how they can be used within school.  She will also point you in the direction of all the additional resources that have been created if you haven’t already found these for yourself.  This session will be open to all schools and is free to attend.  It will be a virtual session held via Zoom.  Once you have booked you will receive a Zoom link which you will be able to use to join the meeting.  During the session, there will also be a Q&A opportunity with Debbie, with discussions led by the Maths Hub leadership team about potential follow-up opportunities.  If you are interested in attending this session, please see below for booking your place. 
In other news, Debbie Morgan has recently been awarded a CBE for her services to education in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.  Find out more and hear Debbie talk about receiving the honour by clicking here.
As always, if you have any questions or suggestions please don’t hesitate to get in contact.
Jess Paul

Maths Hub Lead

Solent Maths Hub

T: @mathshubsolent

Secondary Mastery Specialist Programme

Following the success of the Secondary Mastery Specialist Programme thus far, Maths Hubs, working in conjunction with the NCETM, are now seeking applications from secondary schools that wish to nominate ‘lead teachers’ to take part in an important three-year professional development programme leading to the designation of Secondary Mastery Specialist.   Schools nominating teachers for this role would be committed to the development of teaching for mastery in the lead teacher’s classroom, across their maths department and, later on, to facilitate and support the development of teaching for mastery in a small number of other interested secondary schools within their Maths Hub area.  

Here is the application form: Application Form

Please complete and return by 5pm on Wednesday, 22nd April.   An email will then be sent to the headteacher in order for him/her to complete the supporting statement.  This needs to be completed by 5pm on Monday 27th April.  

Upcoming AMSP opportunities

There are several opportunities coming up within the area which you may be interested in signing up for:

5th March Raising Confidence with Higher Mathematics in the Classroom, Portsmouth 

9th March Discover Trigonometry in Portsmouth

10th March Proof in the A level Classroom, Southampton

19th March Solent Teachers Network Meeting – Proof at Bitterne Park School

23rd March Problem Solving in Maths Admission Tests, Alton

2nd April Core Maths Teaching Workshop with Tom Rainbow, Bracknell

1st May More Topics for AS Discrete Mathematics, Southampton

Primary Maths Network Meeting

This first session will explore the common areas of need across the city.

The intention of the network is to provide a school to school support system for Primary Maths Leaders, who by working together can explore ways to continue to improve the provision of mathematics in Portsmouth.

The focus of future sessions will be discussed at this meeting and tailored to benefit the needs to the group.

Meeting 1 – Northern Parade School, Doyle Avenue, Hilsea, Portsmouth, PO2 9NE.

Please register via the link:

Mastery Readiness Programme

The Mastery Readiness Programme is for primary schools that want to adopt teaching for mastery in maths, but would benefit from a staged approach.

Schools that are successful in implementing sustained and meaningful change through teaching for mastery have key foundations already in place. 

These key foundations include:

  • shared vision and culture around the importance of maths
  • a belief that every child can achieve highly in maths
  • a positive mindset towards maths amongst all staff
  • good maths subject knowledge amongst teachers and TAs
  • systems that maximise learning, such as timetabling, intervention, curriculum and pedagogical approaches
  • teaching of arithmetical proficiency for all children, to support mathematical fluency by reducing cognitive load
  • ongoing staff development, which is valued by all staff and senior leaders.

The Mastery Readiness Programme offers support and development in these areas.  There is no charge for participation in this programme. However, schools must ensure that staff are released to engage in the workshops and school visits, and that the headteacher attends events where appropriate

We currently have spaces available in the Portsmouth and Southampton areas.  Please contact the Maths Hub for more information.

The Maths SLE School Improvement Programme

This project aims to support mathematics Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) in developing their approaches to maths school improvement work, including drawing on the expertise of, and aligning more with approaches used in, the Maths Hubs Programme. It will provide a regional support programme for participants through three workshops and an online community.

Attached is full information and application form. Information and Application

MathsHUBS Solent