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Primary Teaching for Mastery 2020/2021

Applications for the Primary Teaching for Mastery Work Groups for 2020-2021 will open on Monday 4 May, for schools that have not yet taken part in this programme. We are aware that we do not know the situation for schools in 2020/2021 yet, so please use this application form to also register your interest in the programme.

BBO Maths Hub, (supporting Bucks, Berks and all of Oxfordshire) are seeking to recruit primary schools to take part in a programme of professional development, designed to support schools in implementing a teaching for mastery approach and we would love you to be involved. We welcome schools applying individually or as part of a MAT.

This is a funded work group and funding is available for 2 teachers from each school to attend 6 half-day meetings, totalling £1000. In addition there is financial help, should the school make the decision to purchase textbooks (both subject to DfE confirmation).

Primary TfM Work Group Schools Information and Application 2020-2021 BBO v1

Applications should be returned to


Secondary Mastery Specialist Applications – Deadline Extended

We are all working in very difficult circumstances due to the Covid-19 virus and school closures but we are still planning for the future.  

Applications for teachers to train to become a Cohort 5 Secondary Mastery Specialist are now open with the application deadline extended until Monday 1 June.  This is fully funded CPD (Travel and cover costs) over a three year period, with each year being a 15 day commitment.

Those already engaged in developing mastery in their own school all say that the impact on students is :

·         Improved confidence in Mathematics

·         Willingness to try any task and persevere

·         Improved ability to mathematically articulate their reasoning and argue their view point

·         Improved problem solving skills

·         Students have increased success in lessons which increases their enjoyment and engagement

·         Test and exam results show that the tail is much closer to the rest of the cohort and the cohort in general is getting higher results than in previous years

·         Students are learning why maths works and how to explain mathematically

If you have been teaching for at least three years then this may be the developmental journey for you.

Further information and details for application can be found here

Coronavirus Update

17 March – In light of updated government advice received overnight we have taken the decision to postpone all our work groups until further notice.

We will continue to update you as and when we have more information.

Tina Harvey

Tina has been teaching for 10 years and completed her Masters in 2015 through the Open University. Tina is currently an Assistant Maths Hub Lead and a Teaching for Mastery Specialist. Originally part of a Teacher Research Group run by Gill Knight, Tina has successfully taken her own school on this journey whilst also training for the NCETM Mastery Specialist and PD lead in 2016. Tina thoroughly enjoys the opportunity and finds it a privilege to work with a range of schools and teachers in her area.

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