The journey for the mastery specialists
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.
Secondary 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.
WY TfM team:
We have had four wonderful secondary TfM specialists who have worked with their own schools and throughout 2017-18 and have run a highly successful series of workgroups at the Radclyffe school. Not surprisingly, these trained experts in mastery find they are in demand!
Next year these four will all be attached to different hubs or pursuing new projects outside the programme.
Lead Teacher of Mathematics, Trinity Academy Halifax
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.
St Bedes and St Josephs, Bradford
Teaching and Learning Lead of Maths, Citizenship and PE, St Bede’s and St Joseph’s Catholic College, Bradford.
As a secondary teacher with a passion for inspiring a love and enthusiasm for mathematics in my students, I was excited by the depth that was on offer through introducing teaching for mastery within my own classroom and supporting the practices of my colleagues. The practice of teaching for mastery calls to my inner mathematician, as it promotes students solving problems in their own way, but with a real deep understanding of why and how things are working. As part of cohort 2 of the Secondary Mastery Specialists, I’m looking forward to the impact that I can have on the teaching and learning of mathematics in my own classroom and those with whom I will be working.
Secondary Mathematics Specialist, Trinity MAT
I am delighted to have been accepted on to the secondary mastery specialist programme. My understanding and implementation of mathematical pedagogy will have a positive impact in my classroom and hopefully beyond. A particular area of interest is in the continuity of mastery approaches between the primary and secondary curricula. I’m confident that this programme will give me plenty of opportunity to reflect upon this over the coming year.
Bradford Forster Academy
Teacher of Mathematics, Dixons City Academy
Since starting my training through Teach First at Dixons City Academy I have always been interested in using mastery techniques to improve mathematics teaching. Four years on I now have the opportunity to not only improve my practice as a mathematics teacher but extend this into developing others. Participating in the Secondary Maths Mastery Specialist programme means I have the opportunity to experiment and share techniques both inside and outside of my department, whilst ensuring students have a chance to broaden and deepen their mathematical understanding.
Assistant Head of Maths, Parkside School
I have worked at Parkside School for the past 3 years and after looking at many mastery concepts, we are introducing a mastery SOW within KS3 in Sept 2018. I have just finished my NCETM PD Lead Accreditation and I really enjoyed leading a PD programme that had potential to develop over time. Being involved in the Secondary Mastery Specialist programme will give me the chance to develop mine and my departments experience of the mastery approach, as well as continue to work with like-minded staff to deliver an ongoing development programme that can only improve students’ experience with maths education.
Head of Mathematics, Ralph Thoresby High School
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.
Key Stage 3 Co-ordinator, St Mary’s Menston
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.
Assistant Director of Mathematics, Bishop Young Academy
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.