Successful implementation of maths mastery approaches requires a whole-school strategy and effective support and training for your teachers. Alexandra Riley offers a school leader’s mastery checklist

A mastery approach in maths aims to help all children leave primary school with a deep and secure understanding of mathematics while also upskilling teachers.

To be successful, this journey needs to be taken by the whole school, together, and driven by a passionate leader. Here are five steps to help you plan, implement and embed mastery approaches.

Before you begin to implement mastery in your school, develop your own understanding of what is meant by the terms “mastery” and “teaching for mastery”.

At its core, mastery rejects the idea that some children can’t do maths. It recognises that by nurturing positive attitudes and building confidence, all children can achieve mastery. Mastering maths involves acquiring a deep and secure understanding of concepts that can be built on over time.

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