The Sustaining Mastery phase is designed to support schools make teaching for mastery ‘business as usual’. It brings together schools that are working on continued development to sustain their teaching for mastery approach to mathematics. There is no charge for participation in the programme.

Programme requirements:

  • Your school must have previously participated in the Teaching for Mastery programme
  • A strong commitment from both school and subject leadership for sustaining a mastery approach to teaching mathematics
  • Nomination and commitment of a lead participant, normally the subject leader for maths, responsible for leading and sustaining developments in maths.
  • Attend 6 workshop sessions (half day) spread out throughout the year – the subject lead is required to attend all workshops. Other teachers will be invited to participate in aspects of certain workshops throughout the year.

Participants and their schools will:

  • enhance their mathematical subject knowledge, emphasising key areas of maths
  • learn how to establish an effective collaborative planning culture
  • plan, teach and reflect collaboratively to provide a coherent mastery curriculum
  • continue to refine school structures and systems to embed and sustain mastery
  • continue to ensure a sustainable model for collaborative planning and ongoing specialist subject knowledge development for all teachers.

Intended outcomes of the programme

Pupil outcomes

  • Pupils have high expectations of themselves as mathematicians; they continue to show a positive attitude towards the subject
  • Pupils experience coherent, well designed lessons
  • More pupils will meet ARE and an increased depth of understanding

Whole school policies and approaches

  • Leaders continue to refine school structures and systems to ensure that all teachers can be supported to embed and sustain TfM across school
  • Schools continue to ensure a sustainable model for collaborative planning and ongoing specialist subject knowledge development for all teachers and have systems in place to identify and support teachers needing additional development
  • Schools ensure that good practice is shared beyond the participant schools

Practice Development

  • All teachers plan, teach and reflect collaboratively, within school and across other settings, drawing on their deeper subject knowledge in order to provide a coherent mastery curriculum
  • All teachers demonstrate their understanding of the teaching for mastery Five Big Ideas in their normal practice.

Professional Learning

  • All teachers in the participating schools will enhance their maths subject knowledge with an emphasis on progression, especially within the key areas of maths addressed by the Work Group
  • Subject leaders will learn more about how to establish an effective collaborative planning culture for their teachers, which supports ongoing specialist subject knowledge development
  • All school staff understand and value ongoing professional development in order to uphold the cycle of improvement.