In their own words
Our Maths — No Problem! journey
We developed an interest in the maths mastery teaching approach in 2017. Our national results were dropping as was pupil subject engagement. Our test results showed that our pupils were most likely to answer problem solving questions incorrectly. Questions involving fractions, decimals, and percentages were also flagged as areas of struggle.
Our research determined that the maths mastery approach was best-suited to address these issues. We initially trialled a different mastery program, but our staff found lessons and resources difficult to apply without sufficient training.
During this period, a number of our staff attended an MNP introductory presentation in our area. Staff feedback from the presentation was very positive. They came away with resources and detailed lesson plans that allowed them to design effective mathematics lessons. Following an initial trial with the MNP programme, a collective decision was made to roll it out across our whole school.
All of our staff, including support staff, attended in-depth MNP training to get up to speed on the programme. This training occurred a few months after implementing the approach, which was timely in that it helped boost staff confidence, knowledge, and skill.
Once the decision had been made, we also informed our parents about the rollout of the approach via a Maths Open Morning, seeking feedback from everyone including pupils. For the children, concepts had become clearer and their classroom engagement increased — they particularly enjoyed working together and talking about their work.