ECC - Intervention in the Mastery Context



Many schools are beginning to adopt a mastery approach to teaching mathematics, which often requires that they reappraise their approach to supporting their struggling learners.

Intervention in the Mastery Context (IMC) will support your school to do this. It is a comprehensive professional development course for a teacher and a teaching assistant together. It develops their understanding of the nature and practice of a mastery approach, with particular reference to intervention and to supporting struggling learners both to catch up and to keep up. They can apply their learning more widely, develop their mathematics teaching and support for all pupils and share their practice with colleagues.


How does it work?

The course is for experienced teachers and teaching assistants who work with the same class and share an interest in teaching mathematics.

It combines 3 days of face-to-face training with structured in-school gap tasks, readings and activities.

IMC comprises focused training that explores the roles of both ‘keep up’ and ‘catch up’ interventions in the mastery context. It is not about a specific intervention programme.

It supports the development of a mastery approach to teaching mathematics and focuses on getting the pre-requisites in place for effective keep-up intervention.

The teacher and teaching assistant will attend 3 days of training together. They will be led by an ECC Trainer accredited by the University and will include:

developing a mastery approach
planning and managing interventions
diagnostic assessment
variation theory
supporting fluency


Key Dates:

Day 1 – 25th September

Day 2 – 6th November

Day 3 – 4th December 



ECC Team- Edge Hill University
Linda Lavagna-Slater and Andy Tynemouth