Mastery Readiness Work Group

The Mastery Readiness programme is for schools who have a commitment to developing a teaching for mastery approach long term, but who currently need additional support for improving maths teaching, learning and leadership.



The Mastery Readiness Work Groups

Each Work Group will be led by one of the Maths Hub’s Mastery Readiness Leads and involve up to eight primary schools. During the year, they will work closely together to develop subject and pedagogical knowledge as well as supporting teaching, learning and leadership of maths across the school by looking at the Five Big Ideas of Mastery Readiness to lay the foundations to developing teaching for mastery in an effective and sustainable manner. The Work Group activity will include:

  • Each school identifying two teachers to lead developments within their school, one of whom should be the maths lead
  • The two teachers working together with the Mastery Readiness Lead and teachers from the other Work Group schools in regular workshops. It is vital that the headteacher attends at least the first workshop with their staff
  • Each school receiving regular support visits from the Mastery Readiness Lead to support the participants and leaders to develop and work on an action plan for the school
  • The headteacher working with the Mastery Readiness Lead and other members of the Maths Hub leadership to develop whole school policies and structures to support teaching for mastery
  • The lead teachers, supported by the headteacher, working with colleagues to lay foundations for developing teaching for mastery approaches in the classroom, supported by collaborative professional development activity
  • Following the first year, the schools are expected to then continue being part of the Teaching for Mastery Work Group led by a Mastery Specialist. Beyond that year, there will be opportunities to continue embedding and sustain a teaching for mastery approach with the support of a specialist and other schools.


Benefits for participating schools

Participating in the Work Group will provide the following benefits to participant schools:

  • High quality support for the school including teacher professional development for the lead teachers, facilitated by the Mastery Readiness Lead
  • Support for the headteacher in addressing leadership issues related to improving the teaching learning and leadership of maths from the Mastery Readiness Lead and the Maths Hub’s leadership team
  • Opportunity to work closely with other schools also at a Mastery Readiness stage
  • No charge for schools – for the participation in workshops or for school improvement support or regular professional development. This would be a considerable cost to schools but has been completely subsidised. (A grant of £1000 is available to help towards teacher release time in the Teaching for Mastery Development Work Group in 2024/25)


Who can apply?

Mastery Readiness is designed for schools who are not yet in a position to develop teaching for mastery but want to in the future. This needs to include at least one of the following:

  • The school has been judged at RI or Inadequate for at least their most recent Ofsted inspection
  • There is poor progress or attainment data for maths across the school which cannot be solely attributed to the results of Covid disruption
  • It has been identified by their Local Authority or supporting NLE as being suitable for the programme
  • The school serves an area of low social mobility
  • It has been identified that there is a need for additional support for leadership of maths
  • There has been high turnover of staff, meaning that the implementation of sustained change has been difficult but there is now a more stable situation where progress can be made.


Expectations of participating schools

Schools chosen to participate in the Work Group commit to the following expectations:

  • The lead teachers will participate in regular workshops with the Mastery Readiness Lead and complete gap tasks
  • The lead teachers will be released to work with Mastery Readiness Lead for half-day school visits regularly
  • The headteacher will meet with the Mastery Readiness Lead regularly during the bespoke school visits
  • The school will introduce a vision for implementing teaching for mastery approaches across the school and will actively work on an action plan in order for the school to be Mastery Ready by the end of 2023/24. This could include introducing or developing collaborative, in-school professional development models to support all teachers and teaching assistants
  • The school will provide any reports required by the Maths Hub and participate in any evaluation processes required
  • The school will continue to work with other schools in the Teaching for Mastery Work Groups for the years 2024/25 and beyond.



There is no charge to schools participating in the Mastery Readiness Work Group. There is no charge for the bespoke support of the Mastery Readiness Lead. Schools will be eligible for financial benefits in the following year.



We are no longer accepting applications for this Work Group, however if you would like to express an interest in our 2024/25 Work Group, please complete our expression of interest form linked below