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Primary Mastery Specialist Programme

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Following the very successful first three cohorts of the primary Mastery Specialist programme, the NCETM and Maths Hubs are now seeking to recruit a fourth cohort of expert primary school teachers to develop and work as Primary Mastery Specialists. This document gives information about the programme and how teachers and their schools can apply to be involved. The closing date for applications is Monday 5th March 2018 5pm.

Background

Since 2014, The NCETM and Maths Hubs have been working together to develop approaches to teaching for mastery within primary mathematics. This has been informed by the teaching of mathematics in high performing South East Asian jurisdictions. Each year since 2015 the NCETM and Maths Hubs have recruited more than 100 Mastery Specialist teachers. The first year in post is a training and development year, establishing mastery in their own schools, with the support of their senior leadership team. In the following years, they lead Work Groups involving six or seven other schools in the development of teaching for mastery.

The programme

The NCETM and the Maths Hubs now want to recruit a fourth cohort of teachers to develop and work as Mastery Specialists. 2018-19 will be the development year for the teachers and their schools. And subject to confirmation of funding from the DfE then, in 2019-20 and in 2020-21, the Mastery Specialists will each lead a Teaching for Mastery Work Group for their Maths Hub. It is expected that the Mastery Specialist’s school becomes a leading exponent of teaching for mastery in this time and so the school needs to ensure that it has the capacity and desire to take on and develop a teaching for mastery approach in the next few years. Before a teacher applies for the role, headteachers might find it useful to look at the NCETM website where there are interviews with heads who have led the introduction of teaching for mastery in a school. (https://www.ncetm.org.uk/resources/49822)

In their development year, 2018-19, participating teachers will:

  • attend the NCETM cohort induction day (Monday 9th July 2018) along with their head teacher

  • participate in three two-day residential professional development events led by the NCETM (October 2018, January 2019, and June 2019)

  • develop their own understanding and skills for teaching for mastery in their own class

  • work with colleagues, supported by the head teacher, to develop teaching for mastery approaches across their school, using a range of professional development activity, including regular Teacher Research Group (TRG) meetings

  • lead a pilot TRG with teachers from interested local schools

  • collaborate with the Maths Hub’s leadership and the other Maths Hub Mastery Specialists

This will require 15 days teacher release time and will be fully funded through the Maths Hubs.

It is expected, but subject to confirmation of funding, that in 2019-20 and 2020-21, the Mastery Specialists will:

  • lead a Teaching for Mastery Work Group for their Maths Hub involving six/seven schools

  • lead a half-termly Work Group meeting with 12/14 teachers (two lead teachers from each school)

  • carry out a termly support visit to each school to observe teaching, support in-school TRGs, and work with the lead teachers and head teacher

  • continue to develop and embed teaching for mastery approaches across their own school

  • continue to collaborate with the Maths Hub’s leadership and Mastery Specialists

This will require 30/33 days teacher release time and will be fully funded through the Maths Hubs.

Benefits for participating teachers and their schools

Participating in the programme will provide the following benefits to the Mastery Specialists and their schools:

  • Mastery Specialists will develop:

    • understanding of the principles of mastery within the context of teaching mathematics

    • deep subject knowledge of primary mathematics to support teaching for mastery

    • skills of teaching, planning and assessment in order to effectively support pupils in developing a deep and sustainable understanding (i.e. mastery) of mathematics

    • ability to support teachers, within their own school and in other schools, to adopt a teaching for mastery approach, including leading Teacher Research Groups

  • Mastery Specialists will have the opportunity to work closely with the NCETM team and the national and local communities of Mastery Specialists

  • Mastery Specialists, who are not already accredited NCETM PD Leads, will be able to gain this accreditation through successful completion of the programme

  • The Mastery Specialist’s school will benefit from high quality and sustained support in embedding teaching for mastery across the school

Who should apply

The table below shows the essential and desirable criteria for applicants to the programme. This should be evidenced in the application form, which includes both the applicant’s statement and the head teacher’s reference.

Essential Desirable
Qualified Teacher Status Additional Status, e.g. Mathematics SLE/MaST
Employed as a teacher in a Primary/Infant/Junior/Middle School, and regularly teaching mathematics to the same class of children at least three days/week Mathematics Subject Leader
Able to fulfil the programme requirements and time commitment outlined above  
Good teaching skills in mathematics as evidenced by internal/external/Ofsted observation A minimum of four years teaching primary mathematics
Passion and enthusiasm for teaching for mastery A desire to develop as a specialist teacher of primary mathematics
Ability to work collaboratively with others  
Successful track record of working with other professionals effectively within your own school Successful track record of working effectively with other professionals across a group of schools
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills The ability to grow leadership capacity in others
An understanding of what constitutes effective learning in mathematics and the ability and confidence to communicate this  

Maths Hubs will look to appoint Mastery Specialists so that they both meet the criteria as set out above but also fit into the hub’s strategic plan for developing teaching for mastery across the region.

Expectations of participating teachers and their schools

For teachers selected to be part of the programme, there are the following expectations of them and their schools:

  • The head teacher and Mastery Specialist commit to developing and embedding mathematics teaching for mastery approaches across the school, supported by professional development activity, including regular TRG meetings in their own school

  • The head teacher commits to supporting the Mastery Specialist with their outreach work with other schools in ensuring that they are given appropriate release time

  • The Mastery Specialist commits to developing their understanding and practice related to mathematics teaching for mastery including:

    • attending the cohort induction day in Birmingham (Monday 9th July 2018)

    • participating in the three two-day residentials

    • developing mathematics teaching for mastery within their own class

    • completing any assignments required as part of the development programme

  • The Mastery Specialist commits to all aspects of the role and the release time required

    (2018-19: 15 days; and subject to funding from DfE in 2019-20: 30/33 days; 2020-21: 30/33 days) including:

    • supporting teachers within their own school and leading regular TRG meetings

    • running a pilot TRG with interested schools (2018-19)

    • leading a Teaching for Mastery Work Group (2019-20 and 2020-21) involving half-termly cross-school TRG meetings and termly support visits to Work Group schools

    • collaborating with the Maths Hub’s leadership and Mastery Specialists

  • The head teacher commits to support the Mastery Specialist, including:

    • attending the cohort induction day (Monday 9th July 2018)

    • helping the specialist develop and embed teaching for mastery within the school

    • ensuring the teacher receives the required release time

  • The Mastery Specialist and head teacher will provide any reports required by the Maths Hub and participate in any evaluation processes required

Funding

In the development year, 2018-19, your Maths Hub will fund the cost of 15 days release time for the Mastery Specialist’s work and the cost of travel to the NCETM induction conference. It is also anticipated but subject to confirmation, that there will also be £2000 matched funding for the school to purchase textbooks from the DfE approved list. In 2019-20 and in 2020-21, your Maths Hub will fund the cost of 30/33 days release time for the Mastery Specialist’s work and the cost of travel for school support visits.

How to apply

Applicants, in conjunction with their head teacher, should complete the form below and submit it to the NCETM (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by Monday 5th March 2018. You will receive a confirmation of receipt e-mail from the NCETM. Your Maths Hub will then make contact with you with more details about the selection process. The selection process will be completed by Wednesday 9th May 2018.

 

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