Book: Mastery in Primary Mathematics by @tjpgarry via @BloomsburyEd

Published by Bloomsbury Education

Mastery in Primary Mathematics contains clear, practical guidance for both teachers and leaders on how to implement a mastery approach in the classroom that transcends any particular context, school type or scheme currently being used.

Moulding pupils into confident and successful mathematicians is one of the most important jobs of a primary school. It can also be one of the most difficult. Teaching for mastery gives pupils the best possible understanding of mathematics and implementing it involves a two-pronged approach: mastery must be embedded in the classroom, but will only work with the full support of the school’s leadership team. Based on educational research and school case studies, Mastery in Primary Mathematics gives practical advice on introducing and sustaining teaching for mastery, with sections for both class teachers and school leaders.

In this must-have guide, Tom Garry, NCETM Maths Mastery Specialist Teacher, covers the areas of variation theory, mathematical reasoning and the use of correct mathematical language, and equips leaders with the necessary tools to make the mastery approach work across a school. With a view to planning at three levels – curricular, unit and lesson – in order to fully arm educators with the means to plan effectively, Tom draws on cognitive science as current developments in this field are crucial to understanding how children learn.


Tom Garry is Deputy Headteacher and Deputy Head of Teaching and Learning and has taught in both primary and secondary education in the UK and Poland. Tom is NCETM Maths Mastery Specialist Teacher and has worked with Pearson to support them in their development of a mastery programme for schools. He is working towards accreditation as both Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) and NCETM Professional Development Lead, as well as studying for an MA in Education Management from King’s College London. Tom is also a keen linguist and speaks French, Spanish and Polish. Follow Tom on Twitter at: @tjpgarry.

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