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Primary Teaching for Mastery Sustaining Work Groups

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We have made some exciting changes to Teaching for Mastery Sustaining for 2023 – 24!

The ‘sustaining’ phase of Teaching for Mastery is designed to offer FREE support to schools who have previously completed the Embedding phase of the Teaching for Mastery Programme working with a Mastery Specialist between 2016 – 2023, and are based in Manchester, Stockport, Oldham, Rochdale or Bury.

This is an ideal opportunity for schools who are looking to focus on the continued improvement, consistency and refinement of the mastery approach.  Workshops will be held online until face-to-face delivery can be safely resumed

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In Teaching for Mastery, the Sustaining Phase is the final and ongoing stage of the journey. Schools continue working with us in the Sustaining phase for many years and we have made some exciting changes to both the Primary and Secondary TfM (Teaching for Mastery) Sustaining Phases. This is to ensure the programme remains as impactful and positive as possible and maintains brilliant levels of staff engagement and impact.

Please read below for these important updates.

Primary Teaching for Mastery Sustaining Phase:

We are really excited about the way we have tweaked the Sustaining Phase of Teaching for Mastery. This is in response to evaluations and feedback from our Teaching for Mastery Specialists. If you have had a break from us or if you are continuing to work with us and haven’t yet signed up to our briefing please see below so that you don’t miss out on the many ways we are supporting your schools to continue to stay focused and keep fidelity to the teaching for mastery approaches.

There are two ways that you can get be involved with the Sustaining Phase:

1. ‘Restart’ Teaching for Mastery – this is for schools that have had a break from focusing on Teaching for Mastery. School leaders and maths leads feel that to get back involved they need to revisit the fundamentals of the Five Big Ideas and carefully consider how to successfully and sustainably implement Teaching for Mastery across the school. In this group you will work with other schools in a similar position and be guided by one of our Teaching for Mastery Specialists. Schools will need to commit to sending the maths lead to 6 Teacher Research Groups (TRGs) across they year. The maths lead may be accompanied by another teacher – should the work group lead have space. Your school will also be eligible to attend some of our additional ‘menu’ of Professional Development that is aimed at the main Sustaining workstream should you wish to (see below). Please bear in mind that we only have space for twelve schools in this group and we expect spaces to fill up quickly.

2. Continue into the main Sustaining phase work stream – this group is for all schools that feel they have the main principles of Teaching for Mastery in place and can refine best practice.

There are two elements to this work-stream. One is based around Action Classroom Research. This forms the TRG element and would not be open to schools in the ‘restart’  group. In these sessions schools will pick a focus to develop across the school over the year from the following list:

  • Improving competence of pupils below ARE including SEND
  • Impact of sentence stems and mathematical vocabulary on attainment
  • Effective assessment
  • Improving arithmetic fluency
  • Deepening mathematical understanding
  • Problem solving
  • Establishing structures for effective intervention
  • Building mathematical resilience

In addition to this, there will be a menu of Professional Development available which we are calling our “Pick and Mix” Professional Development. These will be shorter or one-off sessions to meet a more bespoke need within our communities, such as; supporting new maths leads, head teacher sessions, sessions for specific phase teachers, sessions for Early Career Teachers, support for Mastering Number etc.