In 2019/20 all Maths Hubs are participating in a Network Collaborative Project addressing secondary mathematics teaching for mastery. As part of this project, Secondary Mastery Specialists will be offering support to schools interested in developing teaching for mastery approaches in their maths departments. Each specialist who has completed the second year of their support and development programme will work with two departments.
More information about the secondary teaching for mastery Work Groups is available on the NCETM website.
What is the background to these Work Groups?
In 2015/16, each Maths Hub identified a lead secondary school to participate in a China-England exchange, with teachers from these schools visiting Shanghai before hosting Shanghai teachers later in the year. The lead schools have continued to explore key lessons for developing teaching for mastery in secondary schools.
In summer 2016, Maths Hubs and the NCETM decided to build upon the successful Primary Mastery Specialist programme and develop a cohort of Secondary Mastery Specialists. Each Maths Hub recruited up to four teachers for the programme. In 2018/19, this cohort (Cohort 1) of some 100+ Secondary Mastery Specialists, after two years of working intensively on their own practice and developing their own department entered the third year of their programme. They have each been working with teachers from two departments throughout this year in a Work Group. In 2019/20 Mastery Specialists from both Cohorts 1 and 2 will be available to work with teachers from schools in a Work Group.
What is involved with being part of the Work Group?
Two teachers from each of two schools will become ‘Mastery Advocates’ in their own departments and will form the Work Group. They will work closely with a Secondary Mastery Specialist to understand the principles and practices associated with teaching for mastery and will begin to work in their own classrooms and then with teachers within their own departments to embed these principles and practices with the support of the specialist. Work will initially begin in Key Stage 3, but it is intended that this will extend to Key Stage 4.
Work will be bespoke for each department, tailored to the needs of the teachers and their own stages of development, but is likely to include:
One of the Mastery Advocates from each school should be an experienced teacher with substantial responsibility in the department, and the drive and authority to lead change. This could be the Head of Department or Second in Department, the Key Stage 3 Lead or someone with a similar role.
The other Mastery Advocate from each school should have an interest in leading departmental developments and ideally would have substantial teaching experience, but in some circumstances could be a very keen, recently qualified teacher or a very committed non-specialist teacher.
What are the benefits for participating schools?
The Work Groups provide an opportunity for your school to engage in high-quality, sustained, collaborative professional development and participate in an important national project. The aim of these groups is to support participating teachers in developing teaching for mastery in their own classroom and across their department and to support the setting up of Teacher Research Groups (TRGs) in the participant schools. (Teacher Research Groups will comprise several or all members of the mathematics department and will typically explore aspects of pedagogy to determine what works well for them). As this Work Group is still in a development phase, it will also be important to learn lessons about the design and planning of TRG activities so that the processes can be refined for future use.
What are the expectations of participating schools and teachers?
Schools that wish to participate in the Work Group must commit to the following:
What are the costs for participation?
There is no fee or charge to participating schools to take part in this Work Group. The Maths Hub meets the cost of running the Work Group. Each department will receive £2000 to enable the Mastery Advocates to work with the Secondary Mastery Specialist and thus enable them to work within their own department.
Who can apply?
Any state-funded secondary school with an interest in developing mathematics teaching for mastery can apply. The school should identify two teachers (Mastery Advocates) who will be best placed to innovate in their own classroom and to lead developmental work across the department.
How to apply
Applications are closed for AY 2019-20. Please contact us if you are interested in applying for AY 2020-21
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