Teaching for Mastery

Free CPD Course


  • Date

    Thursday, 15th July 2021

  • Location

    John Wallis Academy

    Millbank Road


    TN23 3HG

Layout of the day

  • 09:30

    An introduction to mastery, its history and the evidence

  • 10:30

    The essential ingredients of mastery and what matters most

  • 12:00

    Subject Knowledge

  • 12:30


    (Please bring your own lunch!)
  • 13:00

    Curriculum and assessment design

  • 14:30

    Exemplar materials and approach

  • 15:00

    End of the day

Course Leader

Mark McCourt

The UK’s leading expert on the mastery approach, Mark is a leading figure in mathematics education, and 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. He has extensive experience of mathematics teaching and learning across all age and ability groups, having taught students from age 3 to PhD!

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?
  • 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

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