Secondary Mathematics – Teaching for mastery Hub

Main aims of the project in 2019 - 20

Teaching for mastery in mathematics has been prioritised at a national level, and this hub will provide a unique opportunity for Camden secondary maths colleagues to support each other locally in tackling some of the key issues that face our Key Stage 3 pupils. We are undertaking a two year project to improve maths teachers’ confidence in teaching for mastery and for understanding.

We aim to:

  • Raise pupils’ levels of fluency and expertise in some of the big underlying concepts of mathematics.
  • Pupils will benefit from jointly planned and adapted lessons that adhere to the principles of a mastery teaching approach.
  • Leads at the two hub schools have both had training in mastery techniques and will bring expertise into a collaborative environment in which we address the core concepts which underpin the learning of mathematics at Key Stage 3.
Want to get involved?

  Which staff would benefit from joining and why?

Maths HoDs or teachers responsible for the KS3 mathematics curriculum who are interested in improving teaching and learning of mathematics through mastery.
A focus on mastery and fluency at KS3 will give pupils confidence and prepare them well for the rigours of the new specifications at KS4.

What does the Hub plan to achieve and what resources will be created?

We want to show that we have had a significant positive effect on pupils’ attitudes to Key Stage 3 maths among and to improve confidence and enthusiasm among teachers, ultimately impacting on standards. We will be creating resources for lessons and series of lessons which can be shared and developed in schools as appropriate to reduce workload. Participants will be equipped to plan further work adhering to the

principles of mastery and have practical support in sharing our work with their departments. We will work towards building capacity within departments to trial and to share mastery approaches that work and this will be built on sound practical research undertaken in lessons with particular classes. We will be collecting data from research groups and comparing with control groups.

By the end of the first year we plan to have increased confidence in teaching using mastery techniques with the teachers involved in the project and begun to have seen an impact on the students in these classes. By the end of the second year we aim to have data showing the increased confidence and progress of students who have been a part of the research projects.


Lead Schools

La Sainte Union

Claire James

La Sainte Union

020 7428 4600