Primary Teaching for Mastery

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The journey for the mastery specialist

We now have four cohorts of TfM specialists our first cohort is about to begin their fourth year

Year 1National Training and time to develop skills in their own setting
Year 2Leading a workgroup with 6 other schools
Year 3Sustaining the workgroup with 6 other schools
Year 4Schools may choose to form a Teacher Research Group

TfM workgroups:  Each TfMS works with a group of 6 or 7 schools and leads half-termly workshops attended by two lead teachers from each school.  During each workshop, the TfMS delivers an element of mastery and demonstrates its implementation through an introduction, lesson demonstration and debrief process.  In addition, the TfMS gives each of their schools three days’ support in developing and embedding mastery.

The TfM schools are paid at SLE rate for the release of their specialists and the workgroup schools are funded to cover their two lead teachers’ time. 

In 2018-19 we will be launching a mastery readiness programme for schools that would like some support before they join a workgroup. Our vision is to connect to every primary school in our region.


Primary TfM specialists

These teachers are recruited by the Maths Hub to receive training from NCETM and work together to develop their practice. After a year they then go on to run workgroups.

Kate Henshall

Primary TfM Mastery Lead

Kate Henshall
Cohort 1

I love maths and can’t believe how lucky I am to focus on this on a daily basis. I love working closely with schools and teachers and developing them – seeing the impact of this is so rewarding. I’ve also had access to fantastic CPD which has developed my own subject knowledge and expertise. I honestly cannot recommend enough engaging with a Maths Hub - the free CPD I have received has made me into the teacher and practitioner I am, and the impact of this on the children I have taught is amazing.

  • Kate works with the following schools
  • Berry Brow Infant and Nursery school
  • Bradshaw Primary School
  • Elland Church of England School
  • St. Malachy's Catholic Primary
  • St. Mary's CE J and I Mill Bank
  • St. Michaels and All Angels C of E Primary School
  • Bolton Brow Primary Academy
  • St. Patrick's Catholic Primary School
  • St. Mary's Catholic Primary School
  • Holy Trinity CE Primary School
  • Whitehill Academy
  • Salterlee Primary School
  • Clayton Village Primary School
  • Woodhouse Primary School

Rebecca Holland

Assistant Headteacher to the Ingrow and Long Lee Federation

Rebecca Holland
Cohort 1

The majority of my teaching experience has been in Key Stage 2. I’ve taught across all year groups in the primary school including EYFS. I have many years of experience leading mathematics. Last year, I was delighted to be appointed as a Primary Mathematics Mastery Specialist Teacher. During 2015-2016, I successfully led a Teacher Research Group to share with colleagues the principles and practice of teaching for mastery in mathematics. I have a particular interest in helping colleagues to make the best use of manipulatives to promote pupils’ thorough understanding mathematical concepts and allowing pupils to explain their thinking and reasoning. I’m also keen to support colleagues with variation and next steps, particularly in marking and feedback, so that pupils explore all concepts deeply with opportunities for problem-solving and reasoning as an integral part of learning.

  • Rebecca works with the following schools
  • Marshfield Primary School
  • Dixons Marchbank Primary
  • Glenaire Primary School
  • Miriam Lord Primary School
  • St. Marys & St. Peters Catholic Primary School
  • Barkerend Academy
  • Killinghall Primary School Bradford
  • Denholme Primary School
  • Hill Top CE Primary School
  • Holybrook Primary School
  • Scout Road Academy
  • Farnham Primary School
  • Thornbury Academy
  • Whitechapel C of E Primary
  • All Saints CE Primary School
  • Lower Fields Primary School
  • Atlas Community Primary School
  • Swain House Primary School
  • Lapage Primary School

Emma Pease

SLT, Cowling Primary School

Emma Pease
Cohort 1

I’m currently teaching in Years 5 and 6 and the majority of my teaching experience has been in Key Stage 2. Since starting on the Mastery Mathematics Specialist Teaching Programme last year, I’ve developed my own practice for teaching for mastery and have thoroughly enjoyed sharing my experiences and supporting other staff in my school and in my Teacher Research Groups. I’m especially interested in the use of concrete and pictorial equipment to embed concepts in pupils’ minds, including the use of place value counters for calculations and Bar Modelling. Within my own classroom practice, I’ve seen pupils develop the reasoning and thinking processes which I believe are integral to any classroom. I strongly believe that pupils should be encouraged to develop and understand excellent number sense, so they can manipulate and see connections in maths.

  • Emma works with the following schools
  • Beckfoot Heaton Primary School and Nursery
  • Cullingworth Village Primary School
  • East Morton CE Primary
  • Harden Primary School
  • Margaret McMillan Primary School
  • Saltaire Primary School
  • Settle Primary School
  • Low Ash Primary School
  • Baildon Church of England Primary School
  • Hoyle Court Primary School
  • Oldfield Primary School
  • Home Farm Primary School
  • Victoria Primary School

Paula Allaway

Maths Lead, Scholes Elmet Primary School

Paula Allaway
Cohort 1

Since being appointed as a Primary Maths Mastery Specialist Teacher in 2015, I’ve been extremely fortunate to teach across all year groups from Reception to Y6, often in mixed-age classes. This has given me significant opportunity to develop teaching for mastery principles in my own practice and the confidence to disseminate this knowledgeably with others. I’m constantly delighted and enthused by the impact that teaching for mastery has on our learners, as well as the impact it has on practitioners at all levels, when they also realise the power of this set of pedagogic practices.

  • Paula works with the following schools
  • Methley Primary School
  • Sicklinghall Primary School
  • Alwoodley Primary School
  • St. Margarets C of E Primary School
  • Cawood CE VA Primary School
  • Jerry Clay Academy
  • Parklands Primary School
  • Farsley Farfield Primary School
  • Hugh Gaitskell Primary School
  • Hunslet Moor Primary School
  • Woodlands Co op Academy
  • West End Primary School
  • Hovingham Primary School

Mike Clayton

Maths Lead and Y 5 & 6 Teacher

Mike Clayton
Cohort 2

I’m passionate about maths teaching and fascinated at the impact on so many pupils of the mastery approach and changing the way we teach. I’m fascinated that the mastery approach can change the mindset of pupils who don’t think they are a ‘maths person’.
This year I am looking forward to increasing my practical knowledge of how mastery works in all classrooms and sharing my enthusiasm with other schools.

  • Mike works with the following schools
  • Greengates Primary School
  • St. Columba’s Catholic Primary School
  • Old Town Primary School
  • Sutton in Craven C of E Primary School
  • Russell Hall Primary School
  • Sutton in Craven CP School

Chris Conway

Maths Coordinator, UKS2 Phase Leader and Maths Teacher, Newhall Park Primary School, Bradford

Chris Conway
Cohort 2

I’ve taught in my school for over ten years and I’m interested in how pupils learn mathematics, how they make connections between different topics and explain their mathematical reasoning. I believe the mastery approach enables all pupils to achieve this.
I love having the opportunity to work with colleagues from other schools, sharing ideas and strategies, and ultimately improving practice.

  • Chris works with the following schools
  • Park Spring Primary
  • Pudsey Waterloo Primary School
  • Scholes Village Primary School
  • Upperthong Junior and Infant School
  • Withinfields Primary School
  • Shepley First School
  • Norristhorpe J & I School

Bevan Bolland

Maths Lead and Y6 Teacher, Hothfield Junior School, Silsden

Bevan Bollard
Cohort 2

The mastery approach to teaching maths has inspired my own class teaching and the development of teaching throughout my school. However, my knowledge and understanding of mastery only scratches the surface, so I enjoying delving deeper into the mastery approach and always learning more. The idea that all pupils can achieve through the mastery approach both excites and enthuses me.

  • Bevan works with the following schools
  • All Saints C of E Primary School
  • Eastburn Junior and Infant School
  • Ashlands Primary School
  • Menston Primary School
  • Upper Wharfdale Primary Federation / Burnsall Primary
  • Burley Oaks Primary School
  • Trinity All Saints CE Primary School
  • Gargrave CE (VC) Primary School
  • Lady Royd Primary School
  • Crossflatts Primary School
  • Addingham Primary School
  • Keelham Primary School

Sam Shutkever

Ackroyden Primary School

Sam Shutkever
Cohort 3

The mastery approaches have been a complete game changer for my teaching of mathematics. About 3 years ago, I was signposted towards the mastery programme and I suddenly began to realise how transformational maths teaching can be. As a teenager, I remember sitting in a classroom, feeling completely panicked and lost, and as a teacher, I always try to remember that feeling when I am teaching difficult concepts. As a result, I am particularly passionate about lesson design and how small steps can enable every child to succeed.

  • Sam works with the following schools
  • Abbey Park Academy
  • Christ Church CE Primary School
  • Lee Mount Primary School
  • Ashgreen Primary School
  • Appleton Academy
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School
  • Ferney Lee Primary School
  • Strawberry Fields Primary School
  • Whitkirk Primary School
  • Deighton Gates Primary School
  • Drighlington Primary School
  • Little London Community Primary School
  • St. Paul's Catholic Primary School

Thomas Pitts

Thomas Pitts
Cohort 3

Maths has always been a huge passion of mine; throughout my own education, it was always something I enjoyed more than many other subjects (music was probably the only thing that I got more out of!). I know that I am fortunate to feel this way about the subject as many of my friends and colleagues really do not share my love of equations. However, I have found quite a few like-minded pupils throughout my career so far and they have helped me to win round others in classes I have taught. A positive attitude towards learning anything can always provide a boost in self-belief and I adore seeing children feeding off my enthusiasm. My current role as a PPA teacher focussing on Computing throughout Gomersal St. Mary’s CE(C) Primary School allows me to build relationships with all the children in my school and they know about my fondness for formulae, often grabbing me to chat about maths as I move around the school. I currently share the Maths subject leader role with another colleague and Maths has a decent profile in my school, but absolutely has space to improve as we all begin our maths mastery journey together. I look forward to working with others to share my passion and to share these experiences with them – but I also look forward to developing myself through meeting with colleagues and learning from them as well.

  • Thomas works with the following schools
  • Park View Primary Academy
  • Birkby Junior School
  • Copthorne Primary School
  • St. John's CE Primary
  • Thackley Primary School
  • Thornton-in-Craven Primary School

Helen Jackson

Maths Lead and Y6 Teacher, Birkenshaw CE Primary School, Kirklees

Helen Jackson
Cohort 3

Most of my teaching experience has been in KS2 – currently, I teach in year 6 where I teach all 60 of our children maths whilst my colleague teaches them English. Whilst this is unusual in primary, it really enables me to play to my strength, that of teaching maths. I am enjoying teaching for mastery and seeing the positive impact on the children, which inspires me to develop this further both in my own teaching and across other schools. Developing my own knowledge and understanding of teaching for mastery is both challenging and exciting and I am now keen to develop this further.

  • Helen works with the following schools
  • Valley View Community Primary School
  • Kerr Mackie Primary School
  • Swinnow Primary School
  • Longroyde Primary School
  • Green Hills First Federation
  • High Bank Junior, Infant and Nursery School

Ester Mor Gomez

Maths Lead and Year 5 teacher, Christ Church Junior School, Sowerby Bridge

Ester Mor Gomez
Cohort 3

I have now been teaching for 10 years throughout KS2 and I have always had a real interest in teaching maths, especially since I found maths hard myself when I was at school. I have always believed that the use of concrete and pictorial approaches are key for understanding certain mathematical concepts and they are highly effective as they allow children develop a deeper understanding of maths. I have been working closely with the West Yorkshire Maths hub for the last couple of years and I was thrilled to become part of Cohort 3 of the Primary Mastery Specialist Programme last year which has allowed me to increase my knowledge of the Mastery approach and find new inspiration for my teaching. I am keen to share best practice with other colleagues and embed the key principles of mastery in order to improve progress and attainment across school.

  • Ester works with the following schools
  • Meltham Moor Primary School
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Voluntary Academy
  • New Road Primary School
  • St. Johns CE Primary School
  • Tuel Lane Infant School
  • Bowling Green Primary School

Sarah Hemmingway

Copley Primary School, Halifax

Sarah Hemmingway
Cohort 4

Laurie Fox

All Saints Primary School, Ilkley

Laurie Fox
Cohort 4

I am privileged to be maths lead within my school during this exciting period of time as we embark on our journey of the mastery approach to teaching maths. Being part of the West Yorkshire Maths Hub TRG has provided me with the opportunity to develop my personal pedagogy and ability to offer CPD to the rest of the staff through the dissemination of inspirational teaching methods discussed and observed during the TRG sessions. I am passionate about teaching maths and feel it is essential that I have the ability to inspire pupils to embrace mathematics and to develop their love of maths as a lifelong skill. I am excited to be starting my training as a mastery specialist to enable me to strengthen my own subject knowledge and disseminate this to other teachers. This in turn will aid the development of teachers’ positive perception and attitude towards maths, which will inspire children, enabling them to begin to develop links across Maths which can be transferred into the real world through conceptual learning.

Seanna Reuben Sweeney

Maths Lead and Specialist Leader of Education

Seanna Sweeny
Cohort 4

Throughout the past 5 years I have worked predominately in Key Stage One and Early Years. Over the past few years I have worked with the maths team to lead the subject, supporting all year groups and beginning to lead a mastery approach in our school. I have a strong belief that all children should be given opportunities to thrive in their learning and a mastery approach really supports this. In my work as an SLE I helped develop practitioners in schools across Yorkshire and this has quickly become an area I have a keen interest in.

Mary Togher

Mathematics Subject Leader, St Chads C of E Primary School, Brighouse

Mary Togher
Cohort 4

Teaching for mastery enables all pupils to enjoy and succeed - I am passionate about pupils deepening their understanding and making real-life links through purposeful teaching and learning. I am excited about developing mastery further in my school and beyond through the sharing of ideas and collaborative practice supported by the West Yorkshire Maths Hub.

Oliver Harper

Maths Lead, All Saints CE School, Halifax

Oliver Harper
Cohort 4

Having recently being introduced to the mastery approach to teaching maths, I have seen a change in the way I teach maths and a change in the way my pupils learn. The pupils in my class are more engaged to learn and their understanding and explanations of how they know has also grown. I am pleased to have been accepted on to the Mastery Specialist Programme and I am excited to learn and develop my own knowledge and understanding and then have the opportunity to share with other practitioners. I am excited to work as part of the West Yorkshire Maths Hub over the coming year and deeper my own understanding of the mastery approach.