Primary

Our primary projects are based upon four phases of professional development. These are mastery readiness, development, embedding and sustaining. Each phase lasts for one academic year, therefore schools working with us are committing to sustained development of mathematics over a number of years. Many schools will start at the development phase and then progress; however, some schools may benefit from also participating in the readiness phase.

A School's Journey Towards Mastery

NOW RECRUITING - Primary Mastery Specialists

Join the Cheshire and Wirral Maths Hub community and become a new Primary Mastery Specialist.

There are currently hundreds of Mastery Specialists supporting colleagues in their own schools and beyond to develop mastery approaches to maths teaching. Mastery Specialists are classroom-based practitioners who develop expertise in mastery and lead Work Groups to support other schools and teachers locally.

The Mastery Specialist Programme for primary teachers started in 2015/16. Each year around 140 primary teachers – four from each Maths Hub – complete a programme of professional development to become Mastery Specialists. In every subsequent year, each of these teachers leads a Teaching for Mastery Work Group. This involves working with participant teachers from six or seven primary schools within their Maths Hub area, so that these schools can start to introduce teaching for mastery themselves.

Applications close on the 22nd May. To apply, please visit the NCETM website here.

NOW RECRUITING (for September 2022) - MASTERING NUMBER Supporting pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2

This project aims to secure firm foundations in the development of good number sense for all children from Reception through to Year 1 and Year 2. The aim over time is that children will leave KS1 with fluency in calculation and a confidence and flexibility with number. Attention will be given to key knowledge and understanding needed in Reception classes, and progression through KS1 to support success in the future.

Who can take part?

Lead participants from Work Group schools will be three teachers, one each from Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, with some support given to subject leaders and headteachers.

 

What is the cost?

The Mastering Number project is fully funded by the Maths Hubs Programme so is FREE to participating schools.

Listen to Debbie Morgan explain how to use a Rekenrek, one of the key aspects of the programme:

NOW RECRUITING (For September 2022) - Primary Mastery Readiness

This programme is for schools who have a commitment to developing a teaching for mastery approach, but who currently need additional support for improving mathematics teaching, learning and leadership. It involves sustained support from one of our specialists throughout the whole academic year and schools are expected to move onto the ‘Mastery Development’ programme in the following year. The focus of much of this programme is on developing a positive mindset towards mathematics across the school as well as looking at developing pupils’ fluency and looking at other school policies and practices.

Expectations of Participating Schools:

  • To release two teachers (one of whom is the maths lead) to attend five workshops throughout the academic year. Some of these may be webinars.
  • To receive the mastery readiness lead into their school for five half-day visits throughout the year, ensuring that the maths lead is available to work with them during that time.
  • For the headteacher to attend the initial training session and also to meet with the mastery readiness lead to touch base during each school visit.
  • To commit to developing aspects of mastery in their school through continuous work, in conjunction with the mastery readiness lead.

The Cheshire and Wirral Maths Hub are looking to recruit 6 schools onto the Mastery Readiness programme, starting in September 2022.

NOW RECRUITING (for September 2022) - Primary Mastery Development Programme

This programme involves sustained work alongside one of our mastery specialists for the duration of one academic year. Schools participating in this programme are making a long-term commitment to the development of teaching for mastery across the school. The main emphasis of this programme is on developing the pedagogy of teaching for mastery and this is driven by six half-day Teacher Research Group (TRG) sessions along with three half-day school visits. Schools receive a £1000 participation grant for engaging in one of these Work Groups.

Expectations of Participating Schools:

  • To release two teachers (one of whom is the maths lead) to attend six half-day Teacher Research Group sessions throughout the year. Some of these may be conducted as webinars.
  • To receive the mastery specialist into their school for three half-day school visits throughout the year. Some of these may be conducted as online web-based meetings initially.
  • For the headteacher to attend three update sessions throughout the year. Some of these are likely to be held as webinars.
  • To commit to developing teaching for mastery in their school through continuous work outside of basic attendance at the programme events, in collaboration with the mastery specialist.

The Cheshire and Wirral Maths Hub are looking to recruit 17 schools onto the Mastery Development programme, starting in September 2022.

Who Can Apply

The Work Groups are intended for schools that are committed to using teaching for mastery approaches for primary maths. This includes school who have engaged with the Mastering Number Programme in 2021/22. Schools should also have the capacity for engaging in significant development work during the academic year.

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(Please note that this application form requires the details of two teachers, including teacher reference numbers and also a short headteacher statement).

Primary Mastery Embedding Programme

This programme is for schools who have already completed the Mastery Development phase. It is designed to build on what schools have already been working on, supporting the further development of teaching for mastery by looking more closely at lesson design and in-school continued professional development strategies. This programme will also help schools think about what the best way is to support pupils who have missed a large part of school due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Taking part in this programme involves:

  • Preferably two teachers from the school attending six half-day Teacher Research Group (TRG) sessions throughout the year. Some of these may be conducted as webinars.
  • Receiving the mastery specialist into their school for one half-day school visit.
  • A commitment to developing teaching for mastery in their school through continuous work outside of basic attendance at the programme events.
  • The headteacher attending three short updates about teaching for mastery. These are likely to be webinar events.

If you think that your school is eligible for this programme, please contact our Primary Mastery Lead, Rachel Hounslow-Griffiths (rhounslow@meadow.cheshire.sch.uk).

Primary Mastery Sustaining Programme

One of the most important things about developing a mastery approach is that it takes many years to develop within a school. Acknowledging that, this programme is for schools who have already completed the Mastery Development phase at any time since 2016. It is our desire that, over the next three years, all schools who have already done the main Mastery Development phase will also participate in this programme. Each group of schools doing the Sustaining programme will likely work on issues that are most pertinent to their current situation. However, we envisage that next year, many schools will want to consider how best to continue with a mastery approach whilst providing the best possible curriculum for pupils who have missed a large part of school due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

If you think that your school is eligible for this programme, please contact our Primary Mastery Lead, Rachel Hounslow-Griffiths (rhounslow@meadow.cheshire.sch.uk).

NOW RECRUITING (for September 2022) - Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics (Primary Teachers)

This project is designed to support primary teachers in developing specialist knowledge for teaching mathematics, thus enabling them to understand, teach and support pupils in maths in the classroom.

Who can take part?

This programme is designed for teachers who would like to further develop their specialist knowledge for teaching maths. It will be particularly relevant for teachers that have moved phases or teachers that have not received maths-specific training.

 

For more information, click here.

NOW RECRUITING (for September 2022) - Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics (Primary Teaching Assistants)

Develop mathematical subject knowledge and understand the pedagogy that underpins the teaching of it.

This project is designed to support primary teaching assistants in developing specialist knowledge for teaching mathematics, thus enabling them to understand, teach and support pupils in maths in the classroom.

Who can take part?

This programme is designed for primary teaching assistants who are supporting maths, and who would like to develop their specialist knowledge for teaching maths. It will be particularly relevant for new TAs or TAs that have not received maths-specific training.

For more information, click here.

Subject Knowledge Support for Early Career Teachers

This project aims to offer high quality maths support for Early Career teachers (teachers in their first two years of teaching), recognising the requirements of the Early Career Framework and the impact of Covid on their ITT experience.

The aim of this programme is to help these new teachers work deeply on one area of maths, drawing in the associated pedagogy, and will include lesson analysis and lesson design.

The specific content and design of this programme will be developed alongside the participants. However, the expectation is that they will be able to attend at least five half-day workshops.

FULLY RECRUITED Transition to Secondary School – Y5 to 8 Continuity Project

Work Groups in this project aim to strengthen the transition from primary to secondary school by focussing on curriculum and pedagogical continuity over Years 5 to 8. Central to the Work Group is the promotion of cross phase communication between teachers to address issues of maths knowledge and learning transition as distinct from pastoral considerations. Ideally, this Work Group consists of a single secondary school and a group of partner primaries although this does not always have to be the case.

School Development Lead Programme

This project aims to support mathematics leads whose role is to lead change in a school or group of schools other than their own. The Cheshire and Wirral Maths Hub is looking to recruit two teachers onto this programme.

Who can take part?

The programme is for teachers leading change in a school or group of schools other than their own, and will benefit those who have previous experience of developing leadership capacity in schools/groups of schools or who are new to the role.

What is involved?

It will provide a regional support programme through a series of three days of workshops (face-to-face and online), practice development activities, and an online community. The face-to-face workshops will run regionally across England.

Participants undertake to plan, lead and evaluate a school development initiative for a school or group of schools and to record their planning, evaluation and reflection in an Accreditation Evidence Document.

Successful completion of the programme and satisfactory completion of all tasks and related paperwork will result in the participant being accredited as an NCETM Accredited School Development Lead.

 

The School Development Lead Programme is fully funded by the Maths Hubs Programme so is free to participants and their schools. Funding covers provision of the three face-to-face days. Travel costs will also be funded.