Mastering Maths

The Research Study

The Mastering Maths research study, funded by the Education Endowment Foundation, involves the Mastering Maths programme, run by the University of Nottingham and an evaluation of the programme led by the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen). 

Read the press release in FE Week on 1st March here.

What is the Mastering Maths programme?

The programme aims to improve GCSE Maths outcomes for post-16 students in Further Education (FE) college settings. It adopts research-informed approaches, underpinned by five key principles which were developed as part of the Centres for Excellence in Maths programme by the FE sector . The key principles concern developing deep understanding of mathematics and teaching that takes into account the needs of students in the sector.

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Who can take part?

One maths teacher from each of 160 college settings, from all over England, will be recruited to take part. Only FE colleges are eligible; this does not include sixth forms or other post-16 institutions.

This teacher should be teaching at least one GCSE Maths class, should not have participated in the CfEM efficacy trial as a Lead Teacher or intervention teacher, and should not be taking part in the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics’ (NCETM) Teaching for Mastery “Trailblazer” or “Cohort 1” cohorts.


What will happen?

Teachers taking part in the research study will be randomly assigned to either an intervention or a control group. Both groups will provide data to the evaluators.

The teachers in the control group will continue to teach as they usually do. 

The teachers in the intervention group will:

What about costs? 

Control group teachers’ settings will receive a thank you payment of £1,000 for the collection of student data and will be granted priority access to the Mastering Maths programme during the subsequent academic year (2025/26). The thank you payment could serve as a contribution towards the associated costs of the programme.

Intervention settings will receive Mastering Maths free of charge and £250 to cover the participating teachers' classes for each lesson study meeting (£1,250 for five meetings) on completion of all evaluation activities.

Why should I sign up?

You will contribute to a large, important research study in the FE sector.

How do I sign up?

Please complete an Expression of Interest. After you do this, the team at the University of Nottingham will arrange a call with you to answer any questions you might have and send you a memorandum of understanding.