Welcome to our Spring Newsletter 2022


Welcome to our Spring Newsletter

Happy New Year 2022!

At the start of this year, we’re continuing with our blended provision, with most of our sessions continuing to be held online.

As restrictions begin to lift, we hope to begin more face-to-face sessions again, and


  • Introducing our new Primary Advocate Headteacher 
  • Upcoming CPD Spring 2022 
    • SKTM: Secondary Non-Specialist Teachers 
    • Primary SKTM for TAs 
    • Primary Oracy 
    • Greater Depth 
  • Cross Phase Conference 
  • Coming Soon 
    • Primary SKTM for Early Career Teachers 
    • Mastering Number 

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Linda is Head of Little Common Primary School, which is a large urban school in Bexhill. She has been an Executive Head and Headteacher of a small village school. Linda has a Masters in Education, NPQH and SENCo accreditation. Linda leads the Learning Collaborative Partner School for the Rother and Rye area, supporting schools and brokering support for them. She has experience of developing leaders at all levels. We are delighted to have her on the Sussex Maths Hub team. 

Linda first got involved with Teaching for Mastery when she observed a showcase lesson led by teachers from Shanghai on an exchange visit to Westdene in Brighton back in 2016. The following year Linda watched Shanghai teachers in action at Sandown in Hastings and seized the opportunity to involve her deputy and SENCo. Leadership at all levels were involved in the decision to adopt Teaching for Mastery at Little Common. They carefully considered any barriers and strategies to overcome these and embarked on a CPD journey with the staff over three years to win hearts and minds. Little Common has trialled several different resources including Power Maths and White Rose. 

The impact on results has been gradual but very positive. One of their current school development areas is fluency and Linda reports that all of the staff enthusiastically embraced the new Mastering Number initiative. This new programme from the NCETM was launched in September 2021 and aims to ensure that every child in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 has a solid foundation of early number sense on which to build. All of the feedback so far has been that it is really effective in achieving its goals. 

As an Advocate Headteacher, Linda will be offering virtual leadership drop-ins for other heads and senior leaders who would like to discuss and share their own teaching for mastery journeys. These sessions offer a great opportunity to share best practice and troubleshoot together. Linda and her team also welcome