Teaching for Mastery

What is Teaching for Mastery?

Mastering maths means pupils acquiring a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject.

The phrase ‘teaching for mastery’ describes the elements of classroom practice and school organisation that combine to give pupils the best chances of mastering maths.

The Great North Maths Hub team believe that all children can become fluent, reasoning and problem-solving mathematicians. We want children to engage in mathematical thinking that will allow them to develop a connected conceptual understanding of the subject. The teachers we work with are developing their practice in a range of ways including:

  • Making use of concrete manipulatives and pictorial representations that help learners to uncover and articulate mathematical structure.
  • Crafting lessons so that mathematical talk is encouraged
  • Using the principles of intelligent practice when choosing or writing questions
  • Promoting a positive can-do mindset that expects to learn from mistakes
  • Providing enjoyable and engaging tasks that build skills and allow misconceptions to be diagnosed

Find out more:

The NCETM has a great deal of information about teaching for mastery on its microsite including videos of teachers using this approach, case studies, and teaching materials. They use a diagram in their national training that describes the key ideas.

The journey to mastery for primary

The journey to mastery for Secondary

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