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.

Secondary Mastery Taster Days

The purpose of these days is to introduce KS3 Mathematics Leads, Heads of Departments, Mathematics departments line managers and other interested teachers to teaching for mastery in mathematics and demonstrate why it would benefit their students. 

The sessions will include an overview of the elements which contribute to mastery (the five big ideas); explain how they impact on students learning and how they are planned and delivered in the classroom.  There will be an opportunity to see how these elements are delivered in the classroom by a lesson observation followed by a debrief and discussion of the lesson.  To complete the day we will also explain how this way of teaching can be developed and rolled out in school.  Currently there are four fully trained secondary mastery specialists and four more who are near completion of their training in the BBO Maths Hub region and some of them will be leading the day together.

Within the schools who have already been working with mastery, teachers report:

  • a higher level of participation in lessons;
  • an increased ability to explain reasoning mathematically;
  • a more positive mindset towards mathematics;
  • a greater understanding of the links in mathematics;
  • an increased ability to solve problems and generally a lot more confidence.

There are four options to attend a Secondary Mastery Taster Day in the BBO area.  Sign-up via one of the links below:

16 March 2020 High Wycombe

25 March 2020 Sandhurst

23 April 2020 Didcot

27 April 2020 Aylesbury

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