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Mastery Mathematics for Primary Teachers
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Chapter 1: The context for mathematics teaching Chapter 2: What is mastery teaching at primary level? Chapter 3: Key terms and features of mastery teaching Chapter 4: Manipulatives: their purpose and use in a mastery approach to teaching Chapter 5: Planning for small-step progression Chapter 6: Mastery in the UK Chapter 7: Teaching for mastery Chapter 8: Planning and schemes of work Chapter 9: School models for teaching mastery Chapter 10: Assessment and mastery Chapter 11: Early years mastery

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Robert Newell has worked at the Institute of Education (IOE) for 15 years; full time for the last six. He works with Primary PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) trainees and School Direct students; he has previously worked with Teach First participants. His career started as a primary school teacher, taking responsibility in maths in several schools before progressing to two deputy head posts and then a Headteacher role. Primary maths teaching though, has been his biggest passion. He has worked as a numeracy consultant and also delivered a PGCE Maths programme to a London SCITT (School-Centred Initial Teacher Training centre) for three years. He is now part of a small maths team serving several hundred trainees at the IOE, now merged with UCL (University College London). He has two passions that underpin his work. One is ensuring that primary maths children are taught in a way that engages them and focuses on understanding. The other is the belief that, in the main, it is only anxiety that stops more trainees feeling comfortable about teaching maths. Part of his working role at the IOE is linked to supporting trainees with less secure understanding and allowing them to see how much they can offer. Many realise that although anxiety has affected their self-perception about mathematical understanding, this process can be reversed. His dissertation focused on the different ways trainee teachers can learn to use different levels of understanding effectively in their primary school maths teaching. Here, he commits to print a range of ideas and activities, refined over many years and linked to ensuring all primary teachers can teach for understanding. His first book, also published through SAGE, entitled Big Ideas in Primary Maths came out in 2017. It aimed to support trainees and teachers seeking to learn to teach for understanding.

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'Mastery Mathematics for Primary Teachers is carefully crafted to present a concise understanding of the key aspects of Mastery, and its clear links to the aims of our NC. Newell considers the synergy between Shanghai, Singapore and the UK approaches to mastery and welcomes the benefits that this approach could bring, whilst providing thought provoking consideration of the adaptations that will be necessary for maximum UK impact. Practice and theory merge seamlessly in this highly readable book.'


-- Jenny Field

With 'mastery' teaching in mathematics taking root in schools up and down the country, the need for an accessible, fuss-free book for classroom teachers, is overdue. This book fulfils that need with accessible and comprehensive discussion of the thinking behind mastery teaching and its practical implications. The book is not afraid to tackle some of the more difficult aspects of mastery teaching, including assessment and what mastery looks like in the early years.


-- Dr Marcus Witt

Mastery Mathematics for Primary Teachers is a very welcome book highlighting the much-needed place of a mastery approach in our classrooms. Newell's book is both accessible and detailed making it a great read for those embarking on or continuing the mastery journey. It is peppered with case studies enabling teachers to understand mastery in practice.

-- Louise Hoskyns-Staples

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