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  • Qualification

    Postgraduate Certificate

  • Location

    University of Hertfordshire

  • Study mode

    Part time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    2 years

Course summary

About the course

The Mathematics Specialist Teacher programme (MaST) is a professional development programme for primary school teachers. The programme would benefit teachers with a keen interest in developing their own practice as well as supporting colleagues to do the same. By looking at the bigger picture in mathematics, through the big ideas that span and connect the mathematics curriculum, teachers will develop deeper insight and increase their capacity for seeing and making connections.

Why choose this course?

This is a significant opportunity for professional development which will place the participant at the cutting edge of teaching and learning in mathematics. The course is delivered jointly by the University of Hertfordshire and mathematics advisers from Herts for Learning. This is a part-time, 2 year programme.

This programme aims to support teachers to:

  • Understand how and why we teach fluency alongside conceptual understanding
  • Analyse popular initiatives such as ‘Singapore maths’ and ‘developing mastery’
  • Develop pedagogy which allows pupils to become confident, flexible problem-solvers

The programme aims to support schools to:

  • Build capacity across the school to deliver highly effective mathematics teaching
  • Develop teaching practice that secures learning and can ‘close the gap’ in attainment

What will I study?

There are 30 hours per year of face-to-face support delivered outside of school time, complemented by students completing directed tasks and assignments which will include reading, mathematical activities and classroom research.


In the first year, teachers will develop their understanding of how they learn mathematics and compare this with how their pupils’ learn. They will make changes to their pedagogy and evaluate the impact on pupils’ attainment.

In the second year, the teacher will develop their coaching and mentoring skills to support colleagues in the school to develop an aspect of school improvement which will lead, in the longer term, to a sustained whole school implementation which raises pupil outcomes.

The content will support those involved in becoming outstanding maths class teachers, maths subject leads as well as coaches and mentors in their schools.

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University information

University of Hertfordshire

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  • Campus address

    University of Hertfordshire, College Lane, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL10 9AB, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    65th out of 84 4

  • Entry standards

    / Max 201
    109 53%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    70 70%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.15 83%



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