Primary Projects 2021/22

Mastery Readiness

Overview

The Mastery Readiness Work Group is the preparatory phase (first year) of the Teaching for Mastery Programme. The training includes an introduction to mastery, how to prepare a school to be ready to implement teaching for mastery, initial steps, both in leadership and in classroom teaching, and strategies to overcome potential barriers. There will be support for the headteacher in addressing leadership issues related to maths and contributing to raising standards. Participating schools will benefit from the opportunity to work closely with other schools also developing Mastery Readiness.

Who can take part?

Primary schools that want to adopt teaching for mastery in maths.

What is involved?

Your school will be part of a group of up to six schools working together, both online and face-to-face at workshops. Your Maths Lead and another teacher will attend these regular training events (approximately two per term). The Mastery Readiness Lead will regularly liaise with your school, virtually or in person, to offer bespoke support, tailored to your school's specific needs, and will work with leaders and staff.

What is the cost?

The Mastery Readiness project is free to participating schools.

Mastering Number

Overview

This project aims to secure firm foundations in additive relationships and the development of good number sense for all children from Reception through to Year 1 and Year 2. The aim over time is that children will leave KS1 with fluency in calculation and a confidence and flexibility with number. Attention will be given to key knowledge and understanding needed in Reception classes and progression through KS1 to support progression in the future. Teachers will work to develop intentional teaching strategies focused on developing fluency in calculation and number sense for all children. They will reflect with other colleagues on their own practice, and refine skills through support and challenge within a community.

Who can take part?

Each participating school will sign up three teachers, one each from Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. There will also be some support given to subject leaders and headteachers. This programme is open to all state-funded primary schools in England.

What is involved?

Participants will be supported by central training and resources. There is an expectation that they will provide a daily teaching session for all children of 10 to 15 minutes, in addition to their normal maths lesson. There is also the expectation that they will contribute to an online community to share practice and engage in critical reflection.

What is the cost?

The Mastering Number project is fully funded by the Maths Hub Programme so is free to participating schools.

The information sheet for this programme can be downloaded here.

Years 5 to 8 Continuity

Overview

This project aims to strengthen the transition from primary to secondary school by focusing on curriculum and pedagogical continuity over Years 5 to 8. Following the disruption to education caused by the Covid crisis, this transition is more crucial than ever.

 

Central to the project is the promotion of cross phase communication between teachers to address issues of maths curriculum and pedagogical transition as distinct from pastoral considerations. A key feature will be understanding how best to prioritise key aspects of the curriculum to help ensure pupils have mastered the fundamental understanding and skills they need to underpin their progression through upper KS2 and into KS3.

Who can take part?

Participants should be teachers of Years 5-8 in primary, secondary, middle school and all-through schools who have some responsibility for curriculum development, e.g. primary school maths leads/secondary heads of department.

Linked 'families' of schools are encouraged to take part: ideally teaches from secondary schools and some of their associated primary schools will work together.

Multi-academy trusts could encourage groups of their schools to take part, in order to support collaboration across the KS2-3 transition.

What is involved?

The project will follow a workshop - school-based work cycle, consisting of several workshops followed in each case by specific school-based work.

 

A lesson study approach is encouraged where all participants focus on a particular aspect of the maths curriculum and work collaboratively to develop this in their schools. Cross-phase classroom observation and discussion of practice is encouraged wherever possible. Consideration of the primary maths Ready-to-Progress criteria and the NCETM Checkpoints activities will be a common feature of the Work Group.

 

Participants are expected to consider ways to develop the approaches explored during the project with other staff in their schools.

What is the cost?

The Years 5-8 Continuity project is free to participating schools.

Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics - Primary Teachers

Overview

This project is designed to support primary teachers in developing specialist knowledge for teaching mathematics, thus enabling them to understand, teach and support pupils in maths in the classroom.​ The programme is based on five core primary modules: policy and impact on practice, number sense, additive reasoning, multiplicative reasoning, and fractions.

Who can take part?

This programme is designed for teachers who would like to further develop their specialist knowledge for teaching maths. It will be particularly relevant for teachers that have moved phases or teachers that have not received maths-specific training. We can offer two places on the programme per participating school.

What is involved?

Participants will be involved in a total of 3-4 days of blended online and face-to-face support across the academic year, as well as classroom and school-based activity.

What is the cost?

The SKTM - Primary Teachers project is free to participating schools.

Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics - Primary Teaching Assistants

Overview

This project is designed to support primary teaching assistants in developing specialist knowledge for teaching mathematics, thus enabling them to understand, teach and support pupils in maths in the classroom.​ The programme will focus on the following mathematical areas: what is effective in the learning and teaching of mathematics?, number sense (part 1), number sense (part 2), additive reasoning, multiplicative reasoning, and fractions.

Who can take part?

This programme is designed for primary teaching assistants who are supporting maths, and who would like to develop their specialist knowledge for teaching maths. It will be particularly relevant for new TAs or TAs that have not received maths-specific training. We can offer two places on the programme per participating school.

What is involved?

Participants will be involved in a total of 3-4 days of blended online and face-to-face support across the academic year, as well as classroom and school-based activity.

What is the cost?

The SKTM - Primary Teaching Assistants project is free to participating schools.

Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics - Primary Early Career Teachers

Overview

This project is designed to support primary early career teachers (teachers in their first two years of teaching) in developing specialist knowledge for teaching mathematics, thus enabling them to understand, teach and support pupils in maths in the classroom.​ Participants will work deeply on one area of maths, drawing in the associated pedagogy, and activities will include lesson analysis and lesson design.

Who can take part?

This programme is designed for primary early career teachers (those in their first or second year of teaching). We can offer two places on the programme per participating school.

What is involved?

Participants will be involved in a total of 3-4 days of blended online and face-to-face support across the academic year, as well as classroom and school-based activity.

What is the cost?

The SKTM - Primary Early Career Teachers project is free to participating schools.

Strengthening Partnerships with ITT Providers

Overview

This project provides opportunities to explore and share current mathematical developments and consider their implications for ITT providers and Maths Hubs in order to help trainees transition into teaching mathematics effectively.

Who can take part?

Lead participants in this programme will be from the ITT community; they should be directly involved in ITT with a responsibility for maths. It is expected that these participants will represent the various ITT providers across the hub region so may include HEI, SCITT and School Direct, and represent different phases of ITT including EYTS, QTS (primary and secondary), and post-16.

What is involved?

The Work Group is structured around 3-4 workshops. Institutions must be able to commit to the full academic year’s programme. This is likely to involve some face-to-face activity alongside online collaboration.

 

What is the cost?

The Strengthening Partnerships with ITT Providers project is fully funded by the Maths Hubs Programme so is free to participating institutions.