What is:Teaching for Mastery?

“Mastering maths means pupils acquiring a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject” 

NCETM

The ethos of Teaching for Mastery is simple: teach to ensure that every child achieves.
There is a long held idea in the UK that a large portion of the population ‘just can’t do maths’. Teaching for Mastery sets out to disprove this theory by:
  • encouraging students to believe that they can succeed by working hard
  • teaching on a whole-class interactive model – all students work together on the same content, ensuring they can all master the concepts and no student is left behind
  • quickly identifying struggling students, and intervening early to ensure the pupil is ready to move on with the rest of the class
  • spending significant time developing deep knowledge of key ides, in order to build a solid base on which to build future learning

The NCETM Model for Teaching for Mastery was inspired by teaching approaches developed in Singapore and Shanghai, where they use Mastery as an inclusive way of teaching that is grounded in the belief that all pupils can achieve in maths.