Welcome to the Mastery Hub!

What is mastery?

The National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) is working with maths experts across the country to develop a consistent understanding of the key principles behind maths mastery.

At its core, a mastery approach rejects the idea that some children can’t do maths. It recognises that by nurturing positive attitudes and building confidence in mathematics, all children can achieve.

Concepts are built in small, logical steps and are explored through clear mathematical structures and representations. Children are taught together as a whole class and the focus is on depth - not acceleration - so that all children have a chance to embed learning. Teaching is supported by high-quality resources which present the flow of lessons coherently and provide opportunities for plenty of intelligent practice.

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NEW Power of Maths: Report
(PDF, 1.11 MB)



NEW Leaders Guide to Maths Mastery

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Parent Factsheet:
Maths Mastery
(PDF, 708 Kb)



Parent Factsheet: Growth Mindset
(PDF, 730 Kb)



The Handy Little Guide to Maths Mastery

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The Handy Little Guide to Growth Mindset

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Useful links

Our blog post on getting to grips with the bar model

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Strategies for keeping the whole class together: Teaching for mastery in maths in my school

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What can we learn about mastery from South Asia and the opportunity we have to improve learning outcomes for children here in the UK

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What is mastery and what role does it play in young mathematicians?

Read NRICH's definition of mastery

Read 'The Essence of Maths Teaching for Mastery' by NCETM

Discover what intelligent practice is from Maths Hubs

Read the definition of intelligent practice by Maths Hubs

Recent blog posts

Five steps to harness the power of maths in your school

How can school leaders help to transform the perceptions and teaching of maths in Britain?  Alexandra Riley, author our The Power of Maths Roundtable report, reveals the five steps to empower confidence and success in maths.


Textbooks in maths - why the scare-factor?

In this blog Beth Smith (Head of Primary at White Rose Maths and author on Power Maths) explores how teachers can use well-researched, high-quality textbooks and their accompanying Teacher Guides effectively in their classrooms to support their teaching.

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Looking for resources to support you in teaching for mastery?

Discover new Power Maths - Created in partnership with White Rose Maths and recommended by the DfE.

Find out how Abacus can support you in teaching for mastery and help inspire a genuine love of maths.

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