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£41m Funding For Schools To Adopt Maths Mastery

The Department for Education (DfE) has announced support for up to 8000 primary schools to implement maths mastery teaching, including up to £2k funding for schools to buy approved textbooks.

Find Out How Your School Can Apply For Match Funding

Q. What is the Teaching Maths for Mastery programme?
A. In July 2016, the Department for Education announced a £41m four-year programme to scale up ‘mastery’ teaching of mathematics in primary schools The programme funding provides schools with training, resources and support from local Mastery Specialist teachers linked to the Maths Hubs. Schools can apply to be part of the programme via their local Maths Hub. Around 800 schools are participating in this school year, with increasing numbers being recruited over the next three years. Schools will be supported by Mastery Specialist teachers to introduce the mastery approach. The Department for Education aims to reach around 8000 (half of all English primary schools) by 2020.

Q. What funding is available to schools to purchase textbooks to support teaching for mastery?
A. As part of the Teaching for Mastery programme, the Department for Education will provide schools with one-off match funding towards the purchase of high-quality textbooks. Schools on the programme are eligible for match funding from the DfE of up to £2000 if they select a textbook from the recommended list.

Q. How do I apply for funding for my school?
A. To be eligible for up to £2000 to go towards the purchase of maths mastery textbooks, your school needs to join a Maths Hub and participate in a work group led by a Mastery Specialist teacher. Contact your regional Maths Hub.

Q. How important are textbooks in teaching for mastery?
A. The Department for Education states that, ‘High-quality textbooks are a central feature of the mastery approach. The use of well-designed and tested textbooks, to set out a detailed curriculum and to guide teaching is critical. Teaching for mastery relies on a sound understanding not only of the detailed conceptual progression of pupils but also the misconceptions and misunderstandings that commonly develop and how to address these.’ ‘A high quality textbook is an educational resource that provides coherent, logical and detailed curriculum and pedagogy support to teachers, well-designed examples, exercises and assessment questions for pupils, and can be used by pupils both in lessons and independently. It enables teachers to spend less time producing tailored worksheets and designing lessons and assessments.’

Q. How do textbooks end up on the recommended list?
A. The textbooks were assessed by an expert panel who judged the examples and evidence provided by the publisher. The textbooks were scored against a set of criteria and only those titles that the met the high standards were placed on the recommended list for schools.

Q. When will the DfE’s recommended list be published?
A. We expect the Department for Education to publish the list of recommended textbooks that meet the core criteria in the coming months.