Our Secondary school projects range from very specific Work Groups that are focused upon particular issues (such as mathematical thinking) to our much broader Teaching for Mastery programmes that involve schools moving through three phases – mastery development, embedding and sustaining.

For further reading about our approach to Teaching for Mastery with Secondary schools, please see this NCETM document – secondary-teaching-for-mastery-march-2021

NOW RECRUITING - Secondary Mastery Specialists Programme (deadline - 22nd May 2022)

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

What is involved?

  • Year One: you participate in several professional development events and focus on developing your own classroom teaching
  • Year Two: your focus is on developing teaching for mastery approaches within your own department and honing your skills in leading professional development
  • Year Three and beyond: you support key teachers in other local schools to develop a teaching for mastery approach within their own departments.

All the time, you keep in touch with other specialists across the country in online groups. You can share experiences and continue developmental conversations.

For further details and how to apply please visit the NCETM website here.

NOW RECRUITING (for September 2022) - Secondary Teaching for Mastery Development Work Groups

Secondary maths teachers whose schools want to introduce and embed teaching for mastery can nominate two teachers (Mastery Advocates) to join a Work Group. You will be part of a locally based group of teachers who meet regularly to develop professional knowledge and expertise, as well as receiving bespoke support. The Cheshire and Wirral Maths Hub are currently looking for up to 14 secondary schools who are interested in starting this programme in September 2022.

In a Teaching for Mastery Work Group you will:

  • collaborate with colleagues from other local schools to share best practice
  • get individual school support and guidance from a local leader of maths education (LLME)
  • take away ideas to help your students become more confident mathematicians, ready to tackle GCSEs and A levels
  • introduce and embed teaching for mastery in your classroom and department

The fully funded programme enables you and another teacher from your school to become ‘Mastery Advocates’. Initially you will be part of a Development Work Group for a year and this involves recieving in-school support from a Mastery Specialist. Beyond this, you will continue to work with your local Maths Hub and take part in an Embedding Work Group the following year.

This opportunity is suitable for all maths teachers, from NQTs to Heads of Department. It requires the support of your headteacher.

If you would like to apply for this programme, please fill out the form that can be found here.

If you would like to discuss potentially signing up for the programme with a member of our leadership team, please contact us at

Subject Knowledge for Secondary 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.

NOW RECRUITING (For September 2022) - Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics: Secondary Non-specialist Teachers

This project is designed to support non-specialist teachers teaching maths in a secondary school in developing specialist knowledge for teaching mathematics, thus enabling them to understand, teach and support students in maths in the classroom. It replaces the earlier TSST programme.

If you are a headteacher or senior leader, and want to know more about the programme and its suitability for teachers in your school, watch the video below.

For additional information, please click here.

Secondary Multi Academy Trust Maths Leads

This programme is for those who lead mathematics across a multi academy trust which has at least one secondary school in it.

The programme consists of four days of workshops lead by an NCETM team. There is funding of £800 for participants on this programme.

NOW RECRUITING (For September 2022) - Secondary Maths Subject Leadership

In brief: The purpose of this project is to offer focused support to secondary heads of department/subject leaders, to enable them to better understand and implement teaching for mastery approaches across their department, and to develop in their role as leaders of both pupil learning and teacher professional development.

A key aim of the NCETM and Maths Hubs is to develop successful secondary mathematics departments that are well led and that provide ongoing subject professional development through collaborative working both within and between departments.

To achieve this, it is vital not only that individual teachers develop teaching for mastery approaches, but also that the department as a whole has systems, policies and ways of working which are compatible with teaching for mastery and allow for the collaborative professional development structures which are needed in order to develop and embed these approaches and to sustain them in the long term.

  • Many departments are in the situation of having members who are involved in teaching for mastery (e.g. Secondary Mastery Specialists, Mastery Advocates) but a subject leader who has not had formal engagement with teaching for mastery approaches other than via their specialist/advocate.
  • External provision for secondary subject leaders tends to emphasise general leadership and management development, often in a generic context.
  • Secondary subject leaders often do not see themselves as leaders of staff professional development.
  • Subject leaders are often drawn into whole school drives for short term improvements (such as GCSE outcomes) rather than focusing on long term sustainable improvements such as strengthening the quality of teaching and learning in KS3/4.

This project provides an opportunity for participants to deepen their understanding of teaching for mastery approaches, of their wider roles, and of their capacity with their colleagues to transform secondary maths learning.

Duration: This Work Group consists of roughly five afternoon sessions across the academic year.

For more information, please click here.