The mastery approach to teaching has been attracting increasing interest from both primary and secondary schools.

With the promise of high-performing educational jurisdictions such as Shanghai and Singapore, many schools are looking to how they can incorporate ideas from mastery methods of teaching.

Mastery means, though, that teachers need to plan lessons and activities very differently; it also requires them to be comfortable with a form of assessment that expects all pupils to eventually reach a certain level of proficiency.

Use these training materials to introduce key ideas about mastery and get to grips with mastery assessment.

Aims and outcomes

  • To understand how deeper learning can be achieved by effective planning.
  • To have some ideas of how mastery can be assessed and evidenced in key stages 1 and 2.
  • To come away with practical examples of activities to take away and use in the classroom, and a list of resources to use.

Course content

  • Unit 1: Assessing mastery in KS1 and KS2


    Lynn Knapp is an experienced headteacher at Windmill Primary School in Oxfordshire.