Match Funding for Textbooks

The Only Textbook to Make the Grade

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The Maths — No Problem! Primary Series was assessed by the DfE’s expert panel, which judged that it alone met the core criteria for a high-quality textbook to support teaching for mastery. As a result, the Maths — No Problem! Primary Series provides the first and only recommended textbook for schools on the mastery programme.

Why Maths Mastery?

The maths mastery approach is marked by careful planning, ensuring no pupil’s understanding is left to chance. The use of well-designed and tested textbooks is critical for the successful implementation of teaching for mastery. A good textbook is both an aid for the teacher in planning lessons, and for the pupil during lessons and when working on their own.

Why our textbooks were chosen

An independent expert panel reviewed submissions from several publishers. It concluded that the Maths — No Problem! textbook series was the only series that passed all three stages of the assessment and, therefore, met the core criteria for a high-quality textbook to support teaching for mastery drawn up by the DfE.

The panel felt that the Maths — No Problem! textbook programme reflected the teaching for mastery concepts with pupils progressing together using a small-step teaching approach, fully aligned with the 2014 English national curriculum for maths. The textbook design was deemed clear and uncluttered bringing pupils’ attention to the key concepts and the maths acknowledged as being represented formally and correctly. It was concluded that the Maths — No Problem! textbooks support both formative and summative assessment, helping pupils and teachers to measure progress and ensure they are ready for the next stage of learning.

To find out more, go to the Mathshubs website.

How do I apply for funding for my school?

As part of the Teaching for Mastery programme, the DfE will provide schools with one-off match funding towards the purchase of high-quality textbooks. Schools on the programme are eligible for match funding from the DfE of up to £2000 if they select a textbook from the recommended list.

To be eligible for up to £2000 to go towards the purchase of maths mastery textbooks, as well as a year’s worth of CPD and support, your school needs to join a Maths Hub and participate in a work group led by a Mastery Specialist Teacher. The NCETM is currently looking for 1700 schools to join the mastery programme

To find out more, go to the NCETM website.