Mastery in Mathematics

The Issue

A one-day event for subject leaders and maths teachers in primary and secondary schools.

During the day we will consider the ideas behind a mastery approach to mathematics and explore whether this requires us to make changes to our current practice.

We will address these questions:

  • What does ‘mastery’ mean?
  • What are the implications for teachers in schools?
  • How can we reduce the burden of implementing a mastery philosophy?

The Ingredients

The day will include:

  • The non-negotiables
  • Curriculum design
  • Planning for mastery learning
  • Concrete → Pictorial → Abstract
  • Assessing mastery
  • Implications for teaching, learning and assessment
  • The Ofsted view
  • Problem solving, reasoning

Course Leader - Mark McCourt*

Mark is the UK's leading authority on teaching for mastery. He has trained over 2000 schools in mastery models for schooling in the UK and overseas.

A leading figure in mathematics education, Mark has led many large-scale government education initiatives, both in the UK and overseas. Mark was a Director at the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) and has also been a school leader, an Advanced Skills Teacher, a school inspector and a teacher trainer. He founded and was Chairman of the Teacher Development Trust.

Mark has extensive experience of mathematics teaching and learning across all age and ability groups, having taught students from age 3 to PhD!

*We cannot guarantee which of the workshop leaders will run this course.

Course Leader - Chris McGrane*

Chris has 13 years of teaching experience, spread across 3 very different schools. Before becoming Mathematics Lead for La Salle in Scotland he was Principal Teacher of Maths at Hillhead High School and oversaw the design and implementation of a mastery curriculum - the first of its type in Scotland. The work was been hailed as sector leading, while attainment improved over this time. Chris is an avid reader of literature relating to mathematics education and has shared both this learning and practice from his own classroom regularly at conferences, where has been a popular speaker. Chris has appeared on recent episodes of Craig Barton’s podcast and is scheduled to appear for an extended interview in the coming year.

Chris has played a role in moving forward professional dialogue regarding mathematics education in Scotland. In addition to conference presentations he uses Twitter daily to share insight, ideas and opinion. He regularly publishes articles on his blog Chris is the lead of the Glasgow branch of the Association of Teachers of Mathematics (ATM), which regularly puts on events with expert speakers. Recently, reflecting his interest in effective task design, Chris launched the website which shares tasks he has written and collated from colleagues.

*We cannot guarantee which of the workshop leaders will run this course.

Delegates will take away:

  • An appreciation of the research and evidence behind mastery learning.
  • A full understanding of the implications that a mastery approach has on current practice.
  • Practical approaches to implementing a mastery approach in the maths classroom.
  • An approach to curriculum design and implementation.
  • An approach to teaching, learning and assessment resources for all key stages.

Outline Programme:

  • Time

  • 9:30 - 10:30

    An introduction to mastery, its history and the evidence
  • 10:30 - 12:00

    The essential ingredients of mastery and what matters most
  • 12:00 - 12:30

    Subject Knowledge
  • 12:30 - 13:00

    Lunch (please remember to bring a packed lunch)
  • 13:00 - 14:30

    Curriculum and assessment design
  • 14:30 - 15:00

    Exemplar materials and approach

Locations and Dates:

  • Exeter (FREE FOR ALL)

    West Exe School (EX2 9JU)

    Thursday, 11th July 2019

  • Edinburgh (FREE FOR ALL)

    Venue TBA

    Thursday, 29th August 2019

  • Oban (FREE FOR ALL)

    Venue TBA

    Thursday, 26th September 2019

Course Fees



Normally, our CPD courses cost non-members £140, however we are subsidising this series of Mastery in Mathematics events for all — Complete Maths Members and Non-Members!



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Feedback from Previous Attendees


I can say the course was simply transformational. The best day of CPD I have ever experienced.

James Rosslyn-Smith
Dulwich College

I would like to say how much my colleague and I enjoyed the course and were inspired by Mark.

Andrea Goodfellow
Numeracy Coordinator, Mattishall Primary School

The Mastery in Mathematics CPD session ... was both fascinating and eye opening

Vicky Brooks
Assistant Subject Leader of Maths, St Edmund's Girls' School

Great CPD on Mastery today. So much to take away. Highly recommend it! Thank you!

Jamie Sykes
2nd in Charge of Maths, Hammersmith Academy

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