Dedicated to transforming mathematics education in the UK
We are a team of educators, researchers, project managers, communicators and mathematics enthusiasts. We have drawn on evidence and practice from all over the world to create the Mathematics Mastery approach.
What we do
Mathematics Mastery is a professional development programme for teachers.
We work in partnership with schools to embed a mastery approach to mathematics teaching.
We aim to improve pupils’ understanding, enjoyment and attainment in mathematics.
Our approach is based on research and internationally recognised practice, particularly drawing on evidence from Singapore and Shanghai.
Our key principles underpin all that we do. We have high expectations for every child. We teach fewer topics in greater depth. We emphasise problem-solving and conceptual understanding.
Our programme has three core elements:
Professional development for teachers and senior leaders
Mathematics Mastery was originally established as a concept to support teachers and improve mathematics education. We’ve since expanded to work with hundreds of schools across the country.
Dr Helen Drury, as Director of Mathematics at Ark Schools, begins investigating how best to support teachers and improve mathematics education.
Our approach begins with Ark’s secondary Heads of Maths and primary Maths Leads agreeing to collaborate on a programme of study.
A ‘curriculum for depth’ is co-developed, with King Solomon Academy and Charter Academy pioneering the approach.
Singapore is highlighted as having a successful model of mathematics education, and a small team begin researching the academic rigour behind it.
The concept of a ‘mastery’ approach to mathematics education is developed.
We coin the term ‘Mathematics Mastery’ to describe the combination of our curriculum, teaching practice, key principles and focus on professional development of teachers.
Mathematics Mastery – the partnership programme – is born, introducing a mastery approach to mathematics education in UK schools for the first time.
It begins as an Ark UK Programme, led by Dr Helen Drury and a team of four people.
The team begin developing the programme content to commence in schools the following academic year.
The EEF provide funding to pilot the Mathematics Mastery programme beyond the Ark schools. As part of this, a randomised controlled trial is planned to assess the programme’s impact on pupil attainment. This takes place place over the next three years.
Dr Helen Drury is invited to be on the drafting group for the new National Curriculum.
The Mathematics Mastery partnership officially begins with 30 primary schools in Year 1.
The pioneer cohort consists of nine Ark primaries, and 21 other schools.
The Mathematics Mastery team grows to six people and our Advisory Group formed.
The team works towards launching the programme in secondary schools the following year.
‘Maths Hubs’ are launched, with a particular focus on supporting schools to adopt mastery principles. Mathematics Mastery is invited to be a strategic partner in this work.
The Mathematics Mastery secondary programme launches for the first time in Year 7.
The partnership grows to 114 schools (77 primaries and 37 secondaries).
The primary programme develops to include Reception and Year 2. The secondary programme begins its Year 8 pilot.
The Mathematics Mastery team doubles from 6 to 12 people.
The London Schools Excellence Fund provides support for more London schools to join the partnership.
The new National Curriculum is published, supporting key features of the mastery approach, such as challenging through depth rather than acceleration.
The Mathematics Mastery partnership grows to 192 schools (142 primaries and 50 secondaries).
The primary programme launches in Year 3, and the secondary programme launches in Year 8. The Year 9 pilot begins.
Mathematics Mastery was the first organisation in the UK to adapt a Singapore style of mathematics teaching for UK schools, and call it a mastery approach. It remains the only partnership programme of its kind today.
Dr Helen Drury, founder and Director of Mathematics Mastery, is a leading expert on mathematics education – selected as a member of the 2014 National Curriculum drafting group and author of ‘Mastering Mathematics’.
The Mathematics Mastery approach is highly regarded by education experts, including leading multi-academy trusts, headteachers, and Ofsted – who have highlighted the outstanding progress made by pupils.
We partner with schools who are ready to make a long-term commitment to transforming mathematics education. Each year we accept a limited number of new schools into the Mathematics Mastery partnership. How to join