Primary Maths Teaching for Mastery Specialists Programme

Click here for application forms and information for 2018/9 now available. Deadline for application 31 May 2018

The primary mastery specialist programme began in 2015/6 but following an announcement in July 2016 by schools minister Nick Gibb the scope of this programme has increased dramatically.

Each hub began with four specialists and train four more each year and will continue this trend until 2020. Each specialist will mentor six or seven schools over the period of a year. The trainee specialists will focus on their school development for a year and then take on schools of their own to mentor.

This mentorship willl consist of Teacher Research Groups that involve the group visiting the specialist school collaboratively planning, observing and reflecting on the practices of teaching for mastery. Funding from the DfE via the maths hubs will contribute to the cover required for these TRGs to take place. 

A teacher research group is an ongoing vehicle for collaborative professional development within a school or across a group of schools with the specific prupose of supporting classroom practice, subject knowledge and professional practice of all the teachers involved.

Many schools have already begun to undertake teaching for mastery development within their schools and are encouraged to engage in the teacher research group strategy of development. To support the schools that have completed the year of mentoring with a specialists SYMH provide further support for schools to continue their ongoing development.

How does my school benefit from this?

Specailsts will receive national training to support their school and subsequently other local schools

TRG participating schools will work alongside specialists in teacher research groups for one year.

SYMH will facilitate an opportunity for schools to participate in the "roadmap" introductory programme prior to the national training to allow colleagues to begin to address teaching for mastery issues and pronciples within their own schools

Non-participating schools can access the resource materials produced locally and nationally to explore aspects of teaching for mastery

How can I engage with this work group?

Application forms are available for 2018/9 Deadine for application 31 May 2018. See link at top of this page.

Expressions of interest to become a participating TRG school in the academic year 2019/20 can be made by emailing Georgina Brown at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Schools are recommended to consider participation in the Introductory Roadmap year to support any subsequent applications.

Cohort 1 Teaching for Mastery Specialists

Jon Brailey, Wath Central, Rotherham

Sarah Holman, Porter Croft, Sheffield

Vicki John-Lewis, Hayfield Lane, Doncaster


Cohort 2 Teaching for Mastery Specialists

Jodie Burgin, St John the Baptist, Barnsley

Michelle Knott, Wombwell Park Street, Barnsley

Gemma Briggs, St Anns, Rotherham

Paul Brannigan, Wath Victoria, Rotherham

Raajini Sritharan, St Thomas of Canterbury, Sheffield

Cohort 3 Teaching for Mastery Specialists

Ben Burrell, Byron Wood, Sheffield

Hannah Hurford, Eyam, Derbyshire

Kieran Taylor, Owler Brook, Sheffield

Jennifer Netwon-Smith, Broom Valley, Rotherham

Liam Petitt, Hoyland Springwood, Barnsley


2016/7 Teacher Research Group Schools

Mapplewell Primary, Barnsley
Prince Edward Primary, Sheffield
Saltersgate Junior School, Doncaster
Windmill Hill Primary, Sheffield
Wybourn Community Primary, Sheffield
Brunswick Community Primary, Sheffield
Greystones Primary, Sheffield
Hallam Primary, Sheffield
Oasis Academy, Sheffield
Watercliffe Meadow, Sheffield
Woodhouse West Primary, Sheffield
Hunningley Primary, Barnsley
John Harrison Primary, North Lincs
Norfol Community Primary, Sheffield
Thorne Green Top Primary, Doncaster
Worlaby Academy, N Lincs
Worsborough Bank End, Barnsley
E-Act Pathways Academy, Sheffield
2017/8 Teacher Research Group Schools
Anston Hillcrest Primary
Anston Park Infant School
Athersley North Primary
Athersley South Primary
Barnburgh Primary school
Bentley High Street Primary
Blackburn Primary School
Bramley-Sunnyside Infant School
Brinsworth Howarth Primary
Brinsworth Manor Jr School
Canklow Woods Primary
Dore Primary
East Dene Primary
Eyam CoE Primary
Fox Hill Primary
Hatfield Academy
Herringthorpe Infant School
Hexthorpe Primary Academy
High Hazels Academy
Hinde House 2-16 School : Primary Phase
Hunter's Bar I & J School
Kilnhurst Primary
Kingfisher Primary
Kiveton Park Infant School
Lakeside Primary
Laughton J & I School
Lowfield Community Primary
Lydgate Infant School
Monteney Primary
Our Lady and St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School
Rawmarsh Rosehill Junior School
Rawmarsh Thorogate School
Redscope Primary
St Oswald's Academy
Swinton Fitzwilliam Primary
Thrybergh Fullerton CE Primary Academy
Tinsley Meadows Primary
Toll Bar Primary
Wath C of E Primary School
Waverley Academy
West Road
Wickersley Northfield Primary
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