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Maths mastery uncovered

Maths mastery is the latest policy being supported by the government. Tony Staneff explores the truth behind
some common maths mastery myths and outlines four ways to kick-start your school’s journey to mastery

It has been two years since Nick Gibb, the schools minister, announced that the mastery approach to maths is set to become a standard fixture in England’s primary schools, but how close are we to really understanding what mastery is and how to go about embedding it?

In my work with schools across the country, I’ve seen time and time again how the mastery approach to maths, when taught well, can empower pupils to work hard and succeed by tackling the same concepts at the same time.

While mastery can achieve deeper learning and understanding for every child in the classroom, there is still a great deal of confusion and hesitation when it comes to this approach to maths. So, here I explore the truth behind some of the most common misconceptions and outline four ways that you can start to embed mastery across your primary school.

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