Primary Projects 2020/21

Primary Mastery Readiness Work Group

Lead: Sharon Thornhill


The Mastery Readiness Work Group is the preparatory phase (first year) of the Teaching for Mastery Programme. By joining this Work Group, your school will benefit from bespoke support through one-to-one sessions with a Mastery Readiness Lead, and collaborative workshops with local schools.

This Work Group is starting in February 2021 and is free to join. 

The session dates and times, as well as the sign-up link, can be found in the flyer available by clicking here.

Supporting SEND Mathematics

Lead: Tess Dellow


This Work Group is focused on supporting teachers from special schools or primary mainstream schools with SEND units. Participants will develop their understanding of teaching for mastery and improve their confidence in teaching a mastery curriculum to children working on a formal, semi-formal and pre-formal curriculum.


This Work Group is free to join.

When and where

Wednesday 24th February, 1.30-4.00pm

Wednesday 17th March, 1.30-3.30pm

Wednesday 28th April, 1.30-3.30pm

Wednesday 19th May, 1.30-3.30pm

Due to current circumstances all sessions will take place online.

Primary Teaching for Mastery Sustaining Work Groups

Lead: TBC

This is for all primary schools who have previously been involved in teaching for mastery via a Development or Embedding Work Group, or who are Mastery Specialist schools. It brings together schools across the Maths Hubs Network that are working on continued development to sustain their teaching for mastery approach to mathematics. It is new in 2020/21 and builds on the work carried out in previous teaching for mastery Work Groups This year it will particularly focus on curriculum recovery. It will support schools in helping pupils make up for lost time through focusing on what really matters and providing a network of mutual support and expert guidance.

Supporting Primary NQTs

Lead: Robert Brearley


This Work Group addresses the current need to support primary NQTs who will have missed out on vital in-class experience due to Covid-19. Participants will develop their confidence in planning and delivering maths lessons to pupils and be supported in their own identified areas of need. By joining this Work Group, NQTs will become part of a community which will provide support for the teachers and their schools during the induction year and ensure any gaps existing in their development do not become permanent. Participants will develop their understanding of the ready-to-progress criteria in the DfE primary maths guidance and the NCETM’s support resources. This Work Group will also explore the key principles of teaching for mastery and how these can be used to plan effectively.


This Work Group is free to join.

When and where

Tuesday 26th January, 1.00-2.00pm

Tuesday 2nd February, 1.00-3.30pm

Tuesday 16th March, 1.00-3.30pm

Tuesday 27th April, 1.00-3.30pm

Tuesday 25th May, 1.00-3.30pm

Tuesday 29th June, 1.00-2.00pm

Due to current circumstances all sessions will take place online.

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