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What is a workgroup?

The NCETM have devised and honed a collaborative professional development model called a workgroup. Workgroups have the following key characteristics:

  • Groups are run by teachers and for teachers to enable practice to be developed shared and embedded.
  • Activities include workshops, gap tasks, and ongoing reflection and evaluation.
  • Workgroup leads attend national meetings hosted by NCETM.
  • Groups make use of NCETM forums for communication.

Each year the NCETM works with the maths hubs to decide the list of workgroups that will be run across the country. They are called National Collaborative Projects or NCPs. Individual hubs also give the opportunity to lead new developments and suggest innovation groups.

For Primary Schools

Teaching for Mastery TRG Programme

Lead: Kate Henshall

In 2019/20, all Maths Hubs will be running primary mathematics Teaching for Mastery Work Groups led by Mastery Specialists. This programme is for schools who have a commitment to developing a teaching for mastery approach. Although the participation involves two teachers attending events outside of the school, it is expected that these two teachers lead development across the whole school. Each Maths Hub is now seeking to recruit schools for Work Groups, each involving six or seven schools.
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For Primary Schools

Mastery Readiness

Lead: Kate Henshall

Groups of six schools will each send two teachers to receive training which will include visits to their settings. The training includes an introduction to mastery, how to prepare a school to be ready to implement teaching for mastery, initial steps, both in leadership and in classroom teaching, and strategies to overcome potential barriers.
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