Primary & Early Years

Mastering Number Programme – 2024/25

This programme focuses on the key knowledge and understanding needed in Reception classes, and progression through KS1. Participating schools will receive central training (online and face-to-face) and a wealth of pupil-facing resources.

These resources will provide teaching materials for four short sessions each week, aimed at developing children’s fluency and flexibility with number. Lead teachers in schools will also contribute to an online community to share practice and engage in critical reflection.

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Mastery Readiness

Take a step into the primary Teaching for Mastery Programme

Schools with additional challenges need bespoke support to ensure their systems and cultures are conducive to a teaching for mastery approach. Those who are not yet ready to join a Teaching for Mastery Development Work Group will prepare for implementing a teaching for mastery approach which is embedded and sustained across the whole school pupils.

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Primary Development Work Group Programme – 2024/25

Two teachers from each participating school join a Work Group, consisting of around six local primary schools.

Each work group is led by a training Primary Mastery Specialist. Work groups meet regularly to plan, observe and discuss teaching for mastery. In between meetings, teachers explore master approaches in their own classrooms and across their school.

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Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics (SKTM)

Primary Early Career Teachers

Develop mathematical subject knowledge pedagogy

Two maths-specific subject knowledge projects are available to support primary Early Career Teachers (ECTs) – one is for ECTs who have not yet participated in this project and one is for those who participated in 2022/23.

Both projects offer high quality subject knowledge and pedagogy maths support for ECTs, recognising the requirements of the ECF.

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Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics (SKTM)

Primary Teachers

Develop mathematical subject knowledge and pedagogy

This project is designed to improve the subject knowledge and pedagogical knowledge for all practitioners teaching and supporting the learning of primary maths.

There are two pathways: Number and Spatial Reasoning. Each pathway consists of the equivalent of four days, spread out over a minimum of two terms.

 

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Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics (SKTM)

Early Years Teachers

Develop mathematical subject knowledge pedagogy

This programme is designed to improve the subject knowledge and pedagogical knowledge for all practitioners teaching and supporting the learning of early maths.

There are two types of SKTM Early Years Pathway One: Number Patterns and Structures, and Pathway Two: Pattern, Shape, Space and Measures.

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Years 5-8 Continuity

Work Groups

Strengthen the transition from primary to secondary school

Work Groups in this project focus on curriculum and pedagogical continuity over Years 5 to 8. Participants will collaborate with colleagues from across KS2 and KS3, working on mathematical tasks together and reflection on the resulting activity and learning.

Sessions will take place in KS2 and KS3 settings, offering the chance to see tasks in the context of a classroom. School-based activities between meetings encourage participants to make use of the resources with their own pupils.

 

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Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics (SKTM)

Work Groups

Develop mathematical subject knowledge and  pedagogy

This project is designed to improve the subject knowledge and pedagogical knowledge for all practitioners supporting the learning of primary maths.

It supports primary teaching assistants who are supporting maths to develop specialist knowledge for teaching maths, to build on the primary maths national curriculum, and develop distinct pedagogical decision-making which will impact on their practice when supporting maths.

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Mastering Number at KS2

Work Groups

Secure firm foundations in multiplicative relationships

Knowledge of multiplication and division and its applications forms the single most important aspect of the KS2 curriculum, and is the gateway to success at secondary school.

This project enables pupils in Years 4 and 5 to develop fluency in multiplication and division facts, and a confidence and flexibility with the number that exemplifies good number sense. 

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