Enigma Maths Hub has a vision for maths education where we believe that all pupils deserve the opportunity to access and master a high-quality mathematics curriculum that is engaging, challenging and innovative.
We collaborate through our local network of teachers, leaders and maths professionals to nurture and harness leading national and international research–based practice for our maths teachers.
The essence toolkit highlights the essence of primary and secondary mathematics including relevant assessment material and supporting classroom resources.
It is designed to help schools capture the essence of maths learning across phases in maths education which will aid transition and progression across phases. Access the site here. It is best viewed on Chrome.
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If you teach, or are in any way involved in maths education, in the area served by Enigma Maths Hub, then you are already part of our hub. This includes teachers in all phases from Early Years to post-16, teaching assistants, senior leaders, and anyone else involved in the maths education of young people. All these people teaching in state-funded schools can access free or funded support from their Maths Hub.
Maths Hubs Programme 2020/2023 Strategic Priorities
- Embed teaching for mastery approaches in primary schools so that all pupils develop the deep knowledge and understanding they need to be fully prepared for the secondary mathematics curriculum.
Develop and begin to embed teaching for mastery in secondary schools, while also supporting schools and colleges to address the challenges of teaching GCSE Mathematics, so that all pupils are prepared for progression to post-16 education.
Provide support for participating schools to implement teaching for mastery with fidelity, consistency and to a high quality encouraging the effective use of high quality resources.
Ensure the training and effective development of local leaders of maths education through national programmes and local professional communities.
Develop the knowledge and practice of Early Years Foundation Stage practitioners to ensure that all children develop a secure foundation in mathematics so that they are ready for teaching for mastery in Key Stage 1.
Support the effective recruitment, preparation and development of new teachers of mathematics and other mathematics classroom practitioners, working in partnership with Initial Teacher Training (ITT), Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE), and other, providers, whenever possible.
Teaching for Mastery
Teaching for Mastery has transformed the way I teach!
I’d been teaching maths for over ten years before I even heard the word ‘variation’ in relation to my job. Now, the word, and what lies behind it, is in my mind almost all the time. I consider it from the moment I conceive a lesson to the moment the students walk out of the door when the bell rings.
Every step of the way I’m weighing up what small changes I can make between examples I show on the board, or questions I pose to the class. I want my examples to provoke productive thinking. All the time, I want students to notice what’s the same and what’s different between two examples or questions, because that’s one route to deepened understanding.
“I really enjoyed the Enigma Mastery sessions on the PGCE course, especially teaching with procedural variation because it helps students to make connections between problems and develop Mathematical thinking.”
“Jayne took us through how to use procedural variation to help build students conceptual understanding before using this idea with the questions to help develop their procedural fluency; you’re encouraged to think about how your questions build depth over difficulty.”
University of Bedfordshire
“It’s been a great opportunity for the Beds Secondary PGCE trainees to have some dedicated time, led by an expert from Enigma Maths, to focus on the concepts of Mastery more. The sessions were very interactive and full of activities for the trainees to take back to the classroom!”