Early Years & Primary Work Groups 2020/21

Initially work group sessions will be delivered online for 2020/21. Don't miss out, book your place or register your interest now. 

Our Work Groups are open to all state funded schools, colleges and nurseries in Wiltshire, Swindon, West Berkshire, Reading, Bracknell Forest and Wokingham.

Early Years


  • NCP 20-08 : Building Firm Mathematical Foundations in Reception Work Groups  - Nathan Crook, Work Group Lead

    This Work Group is aimed at schools who are currently developing mastery across their school. Work Groups in this project aim to secure Early Years’ best practice and build firm foundations for all children by the end of Reception year. Practitioners and senior leaders will develop their understanding as to how Early Years Best Practice feeds into a teaching for mastery approach and supports progression through the school. Find out more.

    Book Your Place

    Group 1

    Monday 9th November

    Monday 7th December

    Monday 1st February


    Group 2

    Friday 8th January

    Friday 26th February

    Friday 19th March


    Group 3

    Wednesday 24th March

    Wednesday 5th May

    Wednesday 26th May


    Initially sessions will be delivered online. Each day will run 9.30 -11.30am, whilst the second day only will involve an additional 1-3pm slot. There will also be additional work tasks scheduled between sessions 1 & 2 and 3 & 4.


  • NCP 20-23 : Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics Early Years Programme - Joe Burbank, Work Group Lead

    The purpose of the programmes in this project is to support Early Years teachers in developing specialist knowledge for teaching mathematics, thus enabling them to understand, teach and support pupils in maths in the classroom.  Find out more.

    Book Your Place

    Group 1

    Wed 20th Jan 2021, 9.45 - 11.45am

    Wed 3rd March, 1 - 3pm

    Wed 24th March, 1 - 3pm

    Wed 21st April, 1- 3pm


    Group 2

    Wed 31st March 9.45 - 11.45am

    Wed 28th April 9.45 - 11.45am

    Wed 12th May 9.45 - 11.45am

    Wed 26th May 9.45 - 11.45am





  • NCP 20-09 : Mastery Readiness Work Groups - Gill Knight, Natalie Ivey, Tina Evans as Work Group Leads

    The Work Groups in this project will develop vital skills and practices for schools who have an identifiable barrier to developing teaching for mastery across the school. Participant schools will access free workshops and regular high-quality, bespoke support of a trained Mastery Readiness Lead and will then progress to be part of the full Teaching for Mastery Development Work Group in Autumn 2021, with the associated funding.


    The Work Groups focus on two key areas:


    Development of classroom culture and attitudes to mathematics that will support a teaching for mastery approach, both on the part of teachers and their pupils.


    The development of effective leadership that will remove barriers and put in place structures to support change and teacher professional development in relation to teaching for mastery.


    To find out more view the flyer or visit the NCETM website pages.


    Applications have now closed for 2020/21, but if you would like to express your interest for 2021/22 please email: info@mobiusmathshub.org.uk



  • NCP 20-17 : Y5-Y8 continuity Work Groups Natalie Ivey and Lucy Browne as Work Group Leads with Kerin Muddle shadowing.
    Work Groups in this project aim to strengthen the transition from primary to secondary school by focussing on curriculum and pedagogical continuity over Years 5 to 8. Central to the Work Group is the promotion of cross phase communication between teachers to address issues of maths knowledge and learning transition as distinct from pastoral considerations. The Multiplicative Reasoning resources provide a mathematical focus to the work, although individual Work Groups are free to focus on a different aspect of the KS2/3 curriculum. Find out more.

Group 1 - Lucy Brown

Tuesday 9th Feb 3:30-5pm

Tuesday 2nd March 2-5pm

Tuesday 27th April 2-5pm

Wednesday 12th May 3.30-5pm

Group 2 - Natalie Ivey

Thurs 14th Jan   3.30pm - 5pm

Thurs 25 Mar     1 - 4pm

Thurs 29th Apr  1 - 4pm



  • NCP 20-22 Working partnerships with ITT providers - Dr Fiona Curtis, Work Group Lead

    This project is designed to further develop the ongoing liaison between ITT providers and their loc. Dr Fiona Curtis of the University of Reading will lead this work group alongside Mastery Specialists specifically for lead participants from the ITT community with responsibility for maths along with their leads in Early Years, Primary, Secondary and post-16 education.


    The sessions aim to:

    ✓ deepen understanding of, and involvement in, the work of their local Maths Hub and the Maths Hubs Network, along with their knowledge of the principles of teaching for mastery and how they relate to classroom practice

    ✓ review practices and programmes, aiming to ensure trainees have some understanding of lesson design informed by mastery principles

    ✓ develop planning which includes reference to the principles of teaching for mastery and is further enhanced by opportunities to observe Mastery Specialists in their lessons.


    This will provide the opportunity to explore and share current mathematical developments and consider their implications for Teaching Training providers and Maths Hubs in order to help trainees transition into teaching mathematics effectively as they start their career. Find out more.


    Sessions will run on the following dates:

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Thursday 4th March, 1.30-3.00pm

Wed 31st March, 3-4.30pm                 

Friday 30th April, 2-3.30pm



 ITT Mentors should attend all 5 sessions and the ITT Leads (ITTCo's) need only attend the first and last session although they are very welcome to attend all sessions if they wish.



  •  NCP 20-24 : Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics Primary Programme - Nathan Crook, Work Group Lead

    The purpose of the programmes in this project is to support primary teachers in developing specialist knowledge for teaching mathematics, thus enabling them to understand, teach and support pupils in the maths classroom. This is a continuation of NCP 19-24 where core materials were shared, trialled and evaluated. The programme is based on four core primary modules: Number sense. Additive reasoning. Multiplicative reasoning & Fractions. Find out more.

    Book Your Place

    Group 1 - NQT & RQT

    Tues 23rd Feb 2021, 9am - 11.30am

    Tues 30th March 2021, 9.30am - 11.30am

    Tues 4th May 2021, 9.30am - 11.30am

    Tues 8th June 2021, 9.30am - 11.30am


    Group 2 - Experienced Teachers

    Tues 23rd Feb 2021, 1pm - 3.30pm

    Tues 30th March 2021, 1pm - 3pm

    Tues 4th May 2021, 1pm - 3pm

    Tues 8th June 2021, 1pm - 3pm


    Group 3 - NQT & RQT

    Monday 19th April 2021, 9am - 11.30am

    Monday 17th May 2021, 9.30am - 11.30am

    Monday 14th June 2021, 9.30am - 11.30am

    Monday 28th June 2021, 9.30am - 11.30am


    Group 4 - Experienced Teachers

    Monday 19th April 2021, 1pm - 3.30pm

    Monday 17th May 2021, 1pm - 3pm

    Monday 14th June 2021, 1pm - 3pm

    Monday 28th June 2021, 1pm - 3pm



NCP 20-25 : Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics TA Programme - Dawn Butler, Work Group Lead

The purpose of the programmes in this project is to support teaching assistants (TAs) in developing specialist knowledge for teaching mathematics, thus enabling them to understand, teach and support pupils in the maths classroom.

This is a continuation of NCP19-24 where core materials were shared, trialled and evaluated. The programme is based on the four core modules for primary: Number sense, Additive reasoning, Multiplicative reasoning & Fractions. Find out more.

Book Your Place All sessions run 9am - 12.30pm

Group 1

Tuesday 12th January 2021

Tuesday 9th February 2021

Tuesday 16th March 2021

Monday 26th April 2021


Group 2

Tuesday 19th January 2021

Tuesday 23rd February 2021

Tuesday 23rd March 2021

Tuesday 27th April 2021


Research & Innovation Work Groups


SEND Mathematics (Primary, Secondary & Post 16)

This academic year in particular, it is important that we have workgroups focussing on SEND. Pupils with special needs, including SEMH are already more likely to be behind others of their age due to greater absence school. Covid-19 has lengthened these young peoples’ school absence. Students with SEND are more likely to have had to self-isolate during the pandemic and many have not yet returned despite the special schools/alternative provisions remaining open. Where special school/alternative provision teachers are delivering online, the correct use of representations can aid these young people in understanding the mathematics better. Online teaching will be considered and discussed in this work group. 

Participants will be part of a group that specifically focuses on SEND pupils. The group will reduce professional isolation, increase their understanding of Teaching for Mastery, share ideas and resources as well as upskilling themselves to confidently teach mathematics.


Start date postponed until March.

Wed 24th March, 2pm - 5pm

Wed 21st April, 2pm - 5pm

Wed 19th May, 2pm - 5pm

Wed 9th June, 2pm - 5pm





Covid Recovery Times Table Intervention for Year 4 and Year 5

Prior to lockdown the EPI Education in England Annual Report 2019, highlighted the growing gap in disadvantaged attainment. It is expected that this gap will have widened considerably as a result of the disproportionate effect of lockdown on disadvantaged families.  

The work group will strengthen staff’s knowledge and understanding of the newly published NCETM Ready-to-Progress criteria for KS1 and lower KS2, and the links across the whole primary maths curriculum with a focus on becoming fluent in core times tables facts in Y4 and Y5.  


Fri 15th Jan, 9 - 12.30pm

Fri 29th Jan, 9am - 12.30pm

Fri 12th Mar, 9am - 12.30pm

Fri 30th Apr, 9am - 12.30pm



During the first session, Work Group times will be discussed to accommodate the changing demands on teaching during the Covid 19 pandemic.


Bridging Gaps in Number: support for NQT to bridge the gap for disadvantaged children (Primary)
The context for this Work Group is the large increase in the number of children returning to school post Covid-lockdown with significant attainment gaps in maths. The recent EEF report into the impact of Covid on the attainment gap experienced by disadvantaged children reports that, “School closures are likely to reverse progress made to close the gap in the last decade since 2011” and that “Sustained support will be needed to help disadvantaged pupils catch up.”  The focus will be on diagnosing 'gaps' and using assessment to design appropriate tasks and activities.




Tues 19th Jan, 9am - 12.30pm

Tues 2nd Mar, 9am - 12.30pm

Tues 20th Apr, 9am - 12.30pm

Tues 8th June, 9am - 12.30pm