Primary Mastery Specialists

These teachers are recruited by the Maths Hub to receive training from NCETM and work together to develop their practice. After a year they then go on to run workgroups. Information on each of our specialists is given below.

Denise Heaton

Denise Heaton

Primary Mastery Specialist and Primary Teaching for Mastery Lead

I have been working in education for 18 years, having previously worked as a research scientist. My love for teaching maths began in the Year 6 classroom navigating ‘unit plans’ and interactive teaching programmes! The pinnacle of all the maths training I have enjoyed since then is undoubtedly my role as a Mastery Specialist. In 2008, I was part of the Maths Specialist Pilot Programme (MaST) and, following this, worked as an SLE for mathematics in my local authority. When the Maths Hubs were created, I was lucky enough to become a Cohort One Mastery Specialist and during my first year of that was part of the Shanghai exchange including providing a host school. I now work as the Teaching for Mastery Lead for the hub and provide support for all our specialists and their schools. Becoming a Primary Mastery Specialist has been the most incredible part of my teaching journey; it has been a privilege to work with so many passionate teachers who put deep, conceptual understanding of mathematics for children at the forefront of everything they do.

Laura Behan

Primary Mastery Specialist, Masefield Primary School, Bolton

Becoming part of the Mastery Specialist team at Turing NW has been a privilege. I strongly believe that children should have a solid understanding of mathematical structures, and teaching for mastery opens up the doors to exactly that. I have developed my own subject knowledge and pedagogy during my time on the programme, but most importantly I have seen the impact on the children in my class. They have enjoyed making connections across the different areas of the maths curriculum and representing their thinking with practical apparatus. Seeing the children’s enthusiasm as they explore maths in small accessible steps makes me enthusiastic about teaching. I look forward to sharing this experience with colleagues in my own school and across others.

Karen Wall

Karen Wall

Primary Mastery Specialist, Glazebury C of E School

I have always loved maths and, after completing a maths degree many years ago, I felt I was quite a confident mathematician. However, the fantastic training from the Maths Hub has challenged my own understanding of maths and how I teach others. The work with other schools has developed so much more than just maths content; closer links have been made across schools and pedagogy of mastery has led to developments across the curriculum, including a focus on precise language and depth through questioning. I believe all children can succeed in maths. Working with the Maths Hub is a fantastic opportunity to develop your own and others’ CPD.

Victoria Abraham

Victoria Abraham

Primary Mastery Specialist, Yew Tree Primary School

I am fortunate to have worked in my school for over ten years now and have experience of teaching a variety of year groups, including a mixed age class. In my role as Maths Lead, I have enjoyed supporting staff to embed the mastery approach across the school and seeing the impact it has had on both children’s learning and their enthusiasm towards maths. Last year, I successfully led the Lesson Design project and have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to collaborate with and support other schools on their mastery journey. As a Primary Mastery Specialist, I am excited that I have the chance to continue to develop the practice in my own school whilst supporting other schools and colleagues to embed mastery within their settings.

Mandy Taylor

Mandy Taylor

Primary Mastery Specialist, Dowson Primary Academy

I have been interested in mastery teaching for a number of years because it reflects my own philosophy and beliefs about how children should be taught mathematics. I have previously trained to be Primary Maths Specialist Teacher and was thrilled to qualify as a Primary Mastery Specialist last year. I am passionate about ensuring that future generations have a real grasp on the concepts underlying mathematics. Being able to support other practitioners to develop their own understanding of mastery is a real privilege!

Rebecca Herbert

Primary Mastery Specialist, Tyntesfield Primary School

I am an experienced Upper KS2 teacher and completed my Primary Mastery Specialist training with Turing NW Maths Hub. This has given me an understanding of the principles of teaching for mastery, while working closely with other schools as part of a Teacher Research Group has enabled me to support other schools in training their staff and developing this approach. During a two week exchange to Shanghai in 2018, I was able to see how careful lesson design and the 5 Big Ideas can be used effectively to lead children to generalisations and help them to understand a concept deeply. It was a pleasure to welcome these teachers to my school in 2019, where they delivered lessons to our pupils on fractions and multiplication. I have enjoyed seeing an impact on the pupils I teach: children seeking out connections between topics and feeling empowered to try and apply their understanding to unfamiliar contexts.

Natasha Moorhouse

Natasha Moorhouse

Primary Mastery Specialist, St Anne’s Primary School

I currently teach in Year 2 at St Anne’s Primary School in Denton. I have been teaching for seven years and have taught in both KS1 and KS2.

I am currently training to become a Mastery Specialist after being a part of a Teacher Research Group last year. Working as a part of this group inspired our school to embed the mastery approach and it has been a huge success! I am looking forward to collaborating and sharing expertise with other schools in the local area and to continually develop this method of teaching together. Our goal is to inspire the next generation of mathematicians!

Vicky Carr

Primary Mastery Specialist, Turton & Edgworth Methodist/CE Primary School

I am Deputy Headteacher at Turton & Edgworth Methodist/ CE Primary School in Edgworth. I currently teach Year One but I have taught all year groups in the past.

I was lucky enough to be part of a TRG last year, and disseminated the mastery CPD to my colleagues back at my previous school. There was a real buzz about maths in school and the impact of adopting a teaching for mastery approach was phenomenal. I moved to my current school in January 2019 and now I am sharing my passion for mastery amongst my new colleagues, who are just as excited about mastery as I am!

I have really enjoyed the Mastery Specialist training this year and I can’t wait to start running my Teacher Research Groups in the summer term. I will be working with four local schools this summer to support their growing understanding of a teaching for mastery approach.

Yvonne Trimble

Yvonne Trimble

Primary Mastery Specialist, St Bede Academy

I currently teach in Year Two but have taught from Years 2 to 6 during my teaching career. Having worked across key stages, I understand the importance of a whole school approach to mastery to ensure consistency throughout. The Primary Mastery Specialist training has inspired my own maths teaching and enabled me to support colleagues, in both my school and others, to develop theirs. I am continually learning from colleagues who I have the pleasure to work with and I enjoy disseminating what I have learned to continue to develop best practice in maths in our schools. Working together, I feel we can create a culture in which all pupils are enthusiastic, confident learners who can achieve in maths.

Jack Preacher

Jack Preacher

Primary Mastery Specialist, Heald Place Primary School

I currently teach a Year 3 class at Heald Place Primary School in Manchester. I am really excited about becoming a Mastery Specialist. It’s a brilliant opportunity to collaborate with schools locally and develop mathematics across the region using a well-established TRG model. Additionally, I also look forward to learning from other maths leads to help ensure we are continually developing best practice in my own school.

I began my teaching career in Reception where I taught for two years before moving to KS2, where I have now been teaching for four years. I love teaching KS2 and although this is my preferred age range, I am so grateful for my Early Years experience and the understanding it gave me of how children learn.

Jennie Naylor

Jennie Naylor

Primary Mastery Specialist, The Deans Primary School

The majority of my 10 years’ experience in the classroom has been spent in Upper Key Stage 2, but I have also spent time as a Specialist Intervention Teacher, working with children of all ages and gaining invaluable insight into maths learning throughout the primary phase. I have always had an interest in the teaching and learning of maths, fuelled mainly by my own lack of confidence in the subject when I was younger and a determination to find a better, more meaningful way to teach maths, in a way that promotes the ‘mastery for all’ belief. I was lucky enough to be recruited as a Mastery Specialist in 2015 and took our school on a successful mastery journey. I love working with schools in the TRGs. The role allows me to continuously develop and deepen my understanding of the principles of mastery, collaborate with, help and learn from colleagues, and ultimately improve outcomes for our children.

Anna Reynolds

Anna Reynolds

Primary Mastery Specialist, Lower Kersal Primary School

Maths has always been a passion of mine and throughout my own education it was something that I loved. When I decided to become a teacher it saddened me to see how many teachers and children did not share in this passion and that for many maths was a pointless or frustrating subject. In 2015 I applied to work as part of a TRG and was inspired by the transformative impact that teaching for mastery can have on teaching, learning and mindsets in mathematics and was sold! Becoming a Mastery Specialist and having the chance to develop my own classroom practice, as well as seeing first-hand the positive impact on the children’s learning, was outstanding CPD. Now in my role of Deputy Headteacher and Mastery Specialist it is great to work alongside others to continue to develop and spread excellent practice for the benefit of all children.