Mathematics Mastery

Mathematics Mastery was founded by Dr Helen Drury - a pioneer in teaching and learning for mastery in UK schools. Alongside 10 years of classroom experience, Helen began researching how maths education could be improved to break the UK's cycle of underachievement. This research, evidence and best practice became the foundation for the Mathematics Mastery programme.
 
'Our vision is for every child to enjoy and succeed in mathematics, regardless of background'.
 
The 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 part:
 
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. 
 
Problem solving
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 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 introduced.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.