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.

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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

Course details


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.

Teaching methods

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.


  • Level 7
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Specialist Maths: algebra and geometry 30 Credits Compulsory
  • Fees & funding

    Fees 2019

    UK/EU Students

    Part time
    • £700 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

    *Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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    Other financial support

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    Living costs / accommodation

    The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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    Entry requirements

    Honours degree awarded by a UK university or an overseas award recognised as equivalent by NARIC

    Maths and English Language GCSE Grade 4 or above (Grade C or above under the old grading structure)

    All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS Academic score of 7.0 with 6.5 minimum in each band. For country specific qualifications, please visit our Your Country page.

    Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

    You must be working in an educational setting delivering maths to meet the National Curriculum requirements for Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2

    The programme welcomes applications from any qualified teacher working within a primary school setting, including head teachers. You do not need to be a leading mathematics teacher or a mathematics subject leader. As the programme is a whole school development programme, applicants will need to be recommended by, and have the support of, their head teacher.

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Part Time, 2 Years
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield


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