Mastery Lessons in Depth - Teach, Do, Practise, Behave


Teaching for mastery is a responsive teaching cycle that brings about very significant improvements in pupil attainment. Rather than a focusing on a superficial knowledge of mathematics or a series of tricks to pass exams, mastery is a rich and demanding encounter with mathematical ideas that leads to a truly deep understanding of each of the ideas that a pupil encounters and the connections between and across areas of mathematics.

Intelligently sequencing a coherent curriculum and structuring lessons such that mathematical ideas are revealed to pupils in a careful and deliberate order, taking the right amount of time for all pupils to grip ideas, means that every single child can learn the whole of mathematics.


In this full day course, we will carefully explore the TEACH > DO > PRACTISE > BEHAVE phasing of lessons that best lead to deep understanding. These phases will be exemplified through four model lessons, giving delegates a practical view of what both teacher and pupil would be expected to do during each phase and the impact that these actions will have. The model lessons will span the attainment range, making for an interesting view of how mathematical ideas evolve over time and providing the primary, secondary or FE teacher with sample material they can use immediately back in their own classroom.

Example Programme

  • 10:00   Phasing learning
  • 11:00   Case Studies
  • 12:30   Lunch
  • 13:00   Case Studies
  • 15:00   Finish

You will leave the course with...

  • An expert understanding of the mastery cycle
  • An expert understanding of how individual lessons must be structured in a mastery approach
  • A full understanding of each phase of learning
  • A copy of the book ‘Teaching for Mastery’ by Mark McCourt

This course is appropriate for...

  • Primary, Secondary and FE Teachers
  • Non Specialists
  • Maths Subject Leaders

Your Course Leaders

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!

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.

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 Recently, reflecting his interest in effective task design, Chris launched the website which shares tasks he has written and collated from colleagues.

Jonathan Hall

Jonathan has been teaching Maths in secondary schools since completing his PGCE in 2005. Before becoming a Mathematics Lead for La Salle, he was a successful head of department at Leeds City Academy for over five years and continues to work there as a Lead Practitioner of Mathematics.

Over the past decade, Jonathan has made significant contributions to the maths community by the creation of several well-known websites, most notably MathsBot, used by millions of teachers and students each year.

Jonathan has regularly presented at local and national conferences where he shares his both experiences and ideas from the classroom and the resources he creates. He is a keen Twitter user and is often posting new resources or updates to existing ones based on feedback from the maths community.

Locations and Dates:

  • Aberdeen

    Harlaw Academy (AB10 1RG)

    Wednesday, 19th February 2020

  • Dumfries

    Venue TBA

    Thursday, 12th March 2020

  • Ayr

    Queen Margaret Academy (KA7 3TL)

    Tuesday, 24th March 2020

Course Fees

£140 / 80

First Attendee / Subsequent Attendees



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