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Primary Teaching for Mastery

Recruitment for NCETM Primary Teaching for Mastery Work Group is now closed for 2019!

If you would like to express your interest in taking part in the 2020/21 programme, please email:


Below is the journey for the Mastery Specialist:

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

Teaching for Mastery Work Groups:  Each Mastery Specialist 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 Mastery Specialist delivers an element of mastery and demonstrates its implementation through an introduction, lesson demonstration and debrief process.  In addition, the Mastery Specialist gives each of their schools three days’ support in developing and embedding mastery.

The Teaching for Mastery schools are paid at SLE rate for the release of their specialists and the Work Group schools are funded to cover their two lead teachers’ time. 

In 2018-19 we launched a Mastery Readiness Programme for schools that would like some support before they join a Work Group. Our vision is to connect to every primary school in our region.


Primary Mastery 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 Work Groups.

Kate Henshall

Primary Teaching for 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

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

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

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

Maths Lead, Copley Primary School, Halifax

Sarah Hemmingway
Cohort 4

Since starting our own mastery journey at Copley 7 years ago, I have been passionate about helping teachers as they try to implement mastery in their own schools. I have been teaching for 15 years, mainly based in KS1 but more lately in KS2. My role as Maths Coordinator allows me to see the fantastic work teachers are doing across school to help children understand maths. I was thrilled to be chosen to join the Mastery Specialist programme and am really excited to be in my second year, helping other teachers and schools in our Teacher Research Groups. Seeing the impact that the Maths Hub can make in a school is so rewarding!

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.

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.

Lorna Terry

Maths Lead, All Saints Junior and Infant School

Cohort 4

I am really fortunate to be the mathematics lead at All Saints' and, with the help of the West Yorkshire Maths Hub, have the opportunity to develop mastery as a whole school approach. Even though we are still in the early stages of our journey, the benefits of teaching mathematics with a mastery approach are already evident in the changes in the children’s mindsets and the development in the depth of their reasoning and problem-solving skills. I am looking forward to helping drive forward our progress even further as every staff member deepens their understanding of what mastery looks like in the classroom and how it should be taught. I have always been passionate about every child having the opportunity to advance their understanding and grasp of key mathematical concepts and skills - and this is something that I am most looking forward to developing within school.