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.

Free support and useful links

Free guide: The Handy Little Guide to Maths Mastery

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Free guide: The Handy Little Guide to Growth Mindset

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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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Download The Handy Little Guide to Maths Mastery or The Handy Little Guide to Growth Mindset

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


Could a mastery approach help pupils with SEND make progress in Maths?

​As featured in Education for Everybody

When it comes to teaching maths, ‘mastery’ is the current buzzword, with more and more UK schools choosing to adopt this approach to drive a deeper understanding of maths and SEND subjects for all children.

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