Secondary Mastery Specialist Programme
2019/20 Cohort 4 - Applications now closed - Information and Application
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 mathematics 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.
Since 2014, Maths Hubs and the NCETM have been working together to develop approaches to teaching for mastery, a pedagogical approach which aims to develop a deep and connected understanding of mathematics for all learners, enabling them to enjoy mathematics, demonstrate high achievement (including in examinations), giving them a sound basis for future learning and preparing them for their future employment.
Several cohorts of Primary Mastery Specialists have completed a development programme and are now each leading Work Groups involving other primary schools and at secondary there are already 3 cohorts of Mastery Specialists participating in a three year programme. A number of them have shared some of their reflections on how they have developed practices within their own schools in a series of short videos. The government has committed substantial funding to support the expansion of teaching for mastery in the coming years. Funding is now available to support the development of a fourth cohort of Secondary Mastery Specialists.
What will participation in the programme involve?
The head teacher, or their representative from the school’s senior leadership team, will also be required to attend a half day launch alongside the lead teacher at the first residential.
In the academic year 2020/21, the participants will continue to develop their own classroom practices but with a significant emphasis on developing the knowledge, skills and understanding of all members of the department and to explore, develop and implement department-wide approaches, structures and systems which support teaching for mastery. This work will amount to 15 days funded at £200 per day and will include the following activities and tasks:
3 days attending two residentials (dates and locations to be confirmed)
8 days development including:
working within their own department
liaising with the hub’s Secondary Teaching for Mastery Lead and wider team
visiting classrooms to see teaching for mastery in action
attending Shanghai showcase events
4 days participating in the NCETM Accredited PD Lead programme and acquiring accredited PD Lead status to support the development of their own skills in leading professional development.
(If the participant is already an NCETM Accredited secondary* PD Lead, these days will be spent doing wider work related to teaching for mastery as directed by the Secondary Mastery Lead).