Secondary Teaching for Mastery

The journey for the Mastery Specialists

Year 1National Training and time to develop skills in their own setting
Year 2Develop mastery approaches with the maths team in their own setting
Year 3Leading a workgroup with two other schools each of which nominates two lead teachers

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. 

 

Secondary Teaching for Mastery Specialists

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

The West Yorkshire Maths Hub Mastery Specialist team:

Katie Dennett

Lead Teacher of Mathematics, Trinity Academy Halifax

Katie Dennett
Cohort 2

I have been teaching at Trinity Academy Halifax since 2011, where I been highly involved with the development of Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses and Teacher Subject Specialist Training. I have extensive experience of delivering CPD to Primary and Secondary teachers and PGCE students across Yorkshire and Lancashire. This year, I am excited to be participating in the Secondary Maths Specialist programme, where I have the opportunity to work collaboratively with colleagues to learn in more detail about the mastery approach. I am passionate about finding new ways to help learners of all ages acquire a deep understanding of this fascinating subject.

Scott Glover

Head of Mathematics, Ralph Thoresby High School

Cohort 3

I am thrilled to have been accepted on to the secondary mastery specialist programme. We are moving to a mastery scheme of work in KS3 so this course will be extremely useful in making sure that we are getting the most out of our students. We have done extensive work over the last few years to develop relationships with our partnership primary schools, and I am looking forward to working collaboratively with not only these but other schools in the area.

James Steingold

Key Stage 3 Co-ordinator, St Mary’s Menston

Cohort 3

From the beginning of my teaching career, I have always enjoyed discussions related to mathematical pedagogy and implementing new and innovative teaching approaches in my classroom. Being accepted onto the Secondary Mastery Specialist programme is incredibly exciting and I look forward to broadening my understanding of mastery and its application. This training programme will enable me to not only improve the uptake of cutting-edge teaching strategies within St Mary’s but also in future to pass these on to other schools and widen the accessibility of deeper understanding of mathematical concepts.

Jessica Sands

Assistant to Leaders of Maths, Bingley Grammar School

Cohort 4

I have been teaching at Bingley since 2017 and I also work with trainees as a mentor for Bradford Birth to 19 SCITT. Since training to be a maths teacher myself, I have always been dedicated to researching different teaching methods and improving my subject knowledge and teaching; the Secondary Mastery Specialist programme has enabled me to take this much further, and support other teachers along the same path. This academic year I am supporting my department as we introduce a mastery curriculum at key stage 3.

Benjamin Fox

Teacher of Mathematics - Mastery Specialist

Cohort 4

I was introduced to Maths Mastery during my ITT year and I was hooked. I was fascinated by a small steps approach that requires deliberate purpose for each question presented in class while also connecting them to the “big picture” and key concepts. As a Secondary Maths Specialist, I look forward to sharing my passion for Maths and developing Mastery in my department as well as developing it in other schools in the upcoming years.

Matthew Johnson

2nd in Charge (Maths), Co-op Academy Grange

Cohort 5

I have worked at Co-op Academy Grange for 6 years where I have been 2nd in charge for 4 years. Throughout this time I have also been the curriculum lead and currently, I am also the mastery subject lead. I have started to develop a mastery curriculum within our school that allows for one pathway but different routes to achieve the same goal through small steps. I completed the NCETM PD Accreditation in 2016 and I am looking forward to being part of the Secondary Teaching for Mastery Specialist Programme so I can develop my own practice and then help develop the practice across West Yorkshire.

Leanne Beal

Lead Teacher, Rastrick High School

Cohort 5

I have worked at Rastrick High School for 2 years and have thoroughly enjoyed taking the lead in delivering CPD and working with staff to develop their own practice in the classroom. Over the last 4 years of my teaching career I realised I was very passionate about teaching for mastery and all the elements of this that combine to create an engaging maths lesson. Becoming part of the Secondary Mastery Specialist programme is going to help me continue to improve my departments and my own practice and ultimately allow me to start to improve maths teaching. I want to make all maths teachers passionate and excited about the subject.

Simon Bond

Secondary Mathematics Specialist, Trinity MAT

Simon Bond
Cohort 2

I have been teaching mathematics within Trinity MAT since 2013. Having successfully completed the Secondary Mastery Specialist and NCETM PD lead programmes in 2019, I have thoroughly enjoyed working with schools to begin to implement develop Teaching for Mastery within their departments. I find mathematics pedagogy fascinating and relish the opportunity to discuss this with colleagues. My recent focus for my own professional development has been on mathematical thinking. I have been working to identify opportunities to highlight links between different areas of mathematics that utilise the same underlying structures.

  • Simon works with the following schools
  • Appleton Academy
  • Park Lane
  • Appleton Academy
  • Park Lane

John Wani

Assistant Director of Mathematics, Bishop Young Academy

John Wani
Cohort 3

I have been working at Bishop Young Academy for two years and over the two years I have had the opportunity to work with non-specialist to develop their understanding of teaching mathematics. Supporting other teachers in the department has deepened my understanding maths and driven my desire to learn new teaching strategies. Being part of the Cohort 3 will further develop my teaching pedagogy and improve the quality of teaching with Bishop Young Academy.

  • John works with the following schools
  • Temple Learning Academy
  • Tong Leadership Academy
  • Temple Learning Academy
  • Tong Leadership Academy