Understanding and Unpicking Mastery

Part of the Octavo Partnership Conference Season

'Mastering the Primary National Curriculum for Mathematics'

This conference will address a number of key principles of a mastery approach to teaching mathematics, including deep understanding and variation theory. It will offer practical support and advice on how to implement the new curriculum effectively to achieve mastery for all pupils. There will be an opportunity to hear from school colleagues about how they are developing curriculum change in their settings.You will also hear about the England-China Project and The Textbook Project and consider the implications for your school.


We are delighted to welcome Debbie Morgan, Primary Director of NCETM (National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics) and Nigel Bufton (former HMI for mathematics) as our keynote speakers.

'Mastering the Primary National Curriculum for Mathematics' Croydon Mathematics Conference

Friday, Nov. 6th, 9am-4pm

Croydon, United Kingdom

Croydon, England

Leon House 8th Floor 233 High Street Croydon Greater London CR0 9XT

Debbie Morgan, Primary Director of NCETM (National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics)

Debbie’s career in Education spans over twenty years. She began as a Reception class teacher and has subsequently taught every age range in the primary phase and has had experience as a Headteacher.


Debbie was seconded to Northamptonshire Local Authority as an Advisory Teacher for Primary Mathematics and later appointed as a Numeracy Consultant. In 2004 she was appointed as a Senior Lecturer in Mathematics Education at the University of Northampton, involved in primary initial teacher education and practitioner professional development.


Debbie’s Master’s degree with the Open University focused on mathematics education and included the use of representations to support conceptual understanding in mathematics. She is currently studying for a Doctorate with the Open University.


Debbie is currently the Director for Primary at the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM).


Debbie will be sharing the latest national messages for the primary curriculum and report on the progress of the England-China and Textbook projects. She will also be offering key stage specific workshops in the practical application of 'variation'.

Nigel Bufton, Former HMI for Mathematics

Nigel Bufton has taught children of all ages. He has worked with adults in the further education sector, and in the higher education sector, where he led teacher training and in-service programmes in mathematics. For ten years Nigel carried out the role of HMI; he managed inspections and had responsibility across all phases of mathematics provision in England. Later he was appointed to Senior Director in the National Strategies was responsibility for primary mathematics. He currently provides consultancy and training to a number of primary schools and is working with STA on the development of teacher assessment in mathematics. Nigel holds a deep interest in mathematics and an enthusiasm for teaching.


Through his key note address and workshops, Nigel will focus on the subject specific demands of the National Curriculum and look at pedagogy for 'keeping the class together' whilst providing challenge for all pupils.

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