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Although still relatively new, the Mastery approach is now being used in schools throughout the UK and international schools across the globe. The UK 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.
The key objective of Teaching for Mastery is helping pupils develop a deep understanding of core subject topics before moving on to the next topic so that all pupils are kept together in their learning. 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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What is mastery and what role does it play in young mathematicians? Information from NRICH: