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Mastery learning practice guide

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Mastery learning is a way of designing units of work so that:

  • each task (or set of tasks) focuses on a particular learning objective
  • students must master a task in order to move onto the next one.

This guide outlines key practices for using mastery learning in the classroom:

  • Break down units of work into tasks with clearly specified objectives. 
  • Use formative assessment to monitor student understanding and progress.
  • Provide opportunities for revision and enrichment. 

This guide is part of the Tried and Tested series, covering education practices that have been proven to make a positive impact on learning. 

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