Secondary Teaching for Mastery

What is involved?

(click/tap here to view a larger version with more detail of the journey on the NCETM website).


Secondary Teaching for Mastery Development Work Groups are led by a Mastery Specialist and offer locally-based, collaborative CPD for schools wishing to introduce and embed teaching for mastery.

  • The fully funded programme enables two teachers from a school to become ‘Mastery Advocates’ who work closely with a trained Mastery Specialist.
  • Each school receives bespoke support and guidance from their Mastery Specialist
  • The Mastery Advocates meet half termly as a group with their Mastery Specialist.
  • Together they develop classroom and departmental approaches consistent with teaching for mastery.
  • Funding is available to support teacher release time.


What happens after the development Work Group?


The Secondary Teaching for Mastery Embedding and Sustaining Work Group is the consolidation phase, this offers continuous participation for schools to develop principles and practices which enable them to embed and then sustain their developments over the long term. In the first year of this phase, schools also receive Embedding Support and continue to work closely with a Mastery Specialist.


What else do I need to know about teaching for mastery?


If you are interested in the research behind teaching for mastery, there are a number of research papers available in the NCETM’s website page of Supporting Research, Evidence and Argument. The NCETM provides a wide range of mastery resources including assessment materials, professional development materials, calculation guidance and marking guidance for both primary and secondary teachers.


How can I participate in a 2024/25 Teaching for Mastery Work Group?


Follow the relevant link below for more information and to apply