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The Mathematics Mastery primary programme

Our school improvement programme empowers and equips teachers to improve pupils’ enjoyment, resilience, understanding and attainment in maths.

What is the Mathematics Mastery programme?

Mathematics Mastery, a programme from Ark Curriculum Plus, is used by more than 300 primary schools across the UK to give non-specialist primary school teachers confidence in their approach to maths.

Ours is the only UK maths programme to have had its impact shown by an Education Endowment Foundation trial, and our teachers repeatedly tell us what a difference our programme is making.

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Information pack

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The Mathematics Mastery programme

We enable schools to transform their mathematics teaching and learning by providing:

  • Classroom resources and planning support for chosen year groups

  • Induction training for teachers

  • Leadership of mathematics course for a nominated maths lead

  • Ongoing specialist support

  • Membership of a national partnership

Programme costs

For 2020-21, we’ve adapted the delivery of our programme to offer more regular guidance and support in your gradual return to schools.

We’re now offering our programme in three new tiers to suit the needs and budgets of different schools.

Prices start from just £1,350* per key stage, further discounts are available for smaller schools. Please get in touch with us for a bespoke quote.

We are non-profit and costs go directly towards programme delivery and development.

Benefit from:

  • A fully resourced, and carefully sequenced curriculum, designed to build children’s conceptual understanding, strengthen their mathematical problem solving and resilience, and support them to use mathematical language accurately and confidently.


  • Integrated professional development and assessment tools to support our curriculum materials, enhancing teacher subject knowledge, and pedagogical expertise

from £1,350*

Per key stage

*Further discounts are available for smaller schools on request, please get in touch with us.

What happens after your launch year?

Mathematics Mastery is a long-term investment and most schools aim to embed the programme over several years. Your commitment is on an annual basis and each year you can:

  • Access fresh content and training each year

  • Select from a range of programme packages with differing levels of support


of schools continue with the programme into the following year

Classroom principles

While our programme content evolves, the ethos behind it remains the same. Our classroom principles are the evidence-based foundations upon which our entire teaching approach is built. The principles are interconnected and together the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Success for all

Every child can enjoy and succeed in mathematics as long as they are given the appropriate learning opportunities. A growth mindset enables pupils to develop resilience and confidence.

Deeper understanding

Pupils must be given time and opportunities to fully explore mathematical concepts. The challenge comes from investigating ideas in new and complex ways – rather than accelerating through new topics.


Enabling learners to solve new problems in unfamiliar contexts is the ultimate aim of mathematics education. Identifying, applying and connecting ideas enables pupils to tackle new and more complex problems.

Mathematical thinking

Successful mathematicians are known to develop mathematical ‘habits of mind’. To encourage this, we must support pupils to be systematic, generalise and seek out patterns. Questioning is a key element of this.

Mathematical language

Mathematical language strengthens conceptual understanding by enabling pupils to explain and reason. This must be carefully introduced and reinforced through frequent discussion to ensure it is meaningfully understood.

Multiple representations

Objects, pictures, numbers and symbols enable pupils to represent ideas and make connections in different ways. This develops understanding and problem solving skills – while making lessons engaging and fun.

What does Mathematics Mastery have in common with Shanghai and Singapore?

Singapore and Shanghai are two of the highest international performers in mathematics education. They have a consistent, tried and tested approach to mathematics teaching which has inspired our programme. For example:

  • Ambitious expectations for all pupils
  • Gaps in learning immediately addressed
  • All pupils access rich mathematical content
  • Avoidance of grouping and labelling children
  • Conceptual and procedural maths taught together
  • Investment in professional development for teachers

Want to know how our programme will impact your teachers and pupils?

Read our case studies

“Our Mathematics Mastery success is evident from our ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted report. Inspectors highlighted how pupils make ‘outstanding progress from their starting points’ in maths, and a previous trend for ‘weak mathematical skills’ had been ‘completely reversed’.”

Jo McDermott, Assistant Headteacher, Kingsbury Green Primary School

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