Masterclass opportunities for teachers

Find out how teachers can get involved in the Ri Masterclass programme

  • Teacher at a Primary Masterclass

    Teacher supporting a Primary Masterclass

    Credit: Tim Mitchell

Nominate your students

Masterclass organisers invite nearby schools to nominate students for their local Masterclasses. Teachers are asked to put forward just a few students in the relevant year-group. We encourage teachers to select those who they feel will benefit most from attending - those who have interest and curiosity in the subject, a determination to explore, but also who may not otherwise gain opportunities for this type of extracurricular enrichment.

Students attend a complete series of Masterclasses, allowing them to experience a range of mathematical, engineering and computer science topics and develop their knowledge and understanding throughout the series.

If you are keen to nominate students but have not already been in contact with a local group, please email the Masterclass team at masterclasses@ri.ac.uk. Where possible, we will put you in contact with nearby organisers. We do not have series in all subjects or age-groups in all areas, but our regional networks are continually expanding and new Masterclass series start each year.

Teachers in London can find out about nominating for upcoming Masterclasses series. Masterclass series take place in different locations throughout the academic year; teachers in different boroughs will be invited to the most local series in the relevant term.  

Support a session

Teachers are often able to volunteer to attend one or more Masterclass sessions as helpers. This is a great way for teachers to support their local series and the attending students. They will also see their subject in a new light, have a go at some interesting activities and pick up some ideas and resources.

Deliver a Masterclass

Many teachers get involved in the Masterclass programme as speakers, which gives them the opportunity to share their favourite extra-curricular topics with groups of enthusiastic students. Teachers are able to either develop a new Masterclass based on their own ideas or use our existing resources. We offer tailored support for all new Masterclass speakers, including training events and our ongoing Speaker Development Programme.

Many teachers get involved in the Masterclass programme as speakers, which gives them the opportunity to share their favourite extra-curricular topics with groups of enthusiastic students. Teachers are able to either develop a new Masterclass based on their own ideas or use our existing resources. We offer tailored support for all new Masterclass speakers, including training events and our ongoing Speaker Development Programme.

Become an organiser

Many teachers get involved in their local Masterclass series as part of the organising committee or start a new Masterclass series at their school. Many of our Masterclass series are run by schools or colleges for students from across their local area, often working with other nearby schools to organise the series or running the Masterclasses for their feeder schools. Teachers can use our Off-the-Shelf Masterclass resources to deliver some of the Masterclasses in their series. Find out more about what is involved in being a Masterclass organiser and what is needed for a new Masterclass series to run, and get in touch to discuss the options in your area.

Sixth-Form-to-Primary Masterclass model

Many secondary schools run Masterclasses for their local primary schools with involvement of their sixth form students. This model, run during school hours, is a structured project for the sixth form students who can team up to develop and deliver some or all of the workshops in a Primary Masterclass series at their school. Benefits include: 

  • Primary school students experience an extended STEM enrichment activity, regularly attend a secondary school (which helps KS2 students with secondary transfer) and interact with positive role-models who are studying maths and STEM subjects at higher levels. 
  • Sixth-form students have a fantastic volunteering opportunity to undertake a high-quality science or mathematics project involving structured training from the Ri. With our help, they develop STEM enrichment activities for the Masterclasses and gain vital presentation skills as they run the workshops under the care of their teachers. This is an excellent addition to their CV or UCAS form. Schools can also choose to involve sixth-formers as helpers for their primary or secondary series. 
  • Teachers often present the bulk of the workshops themselves in primary Masterclasses. Bringing in sixth-formers to deliver some or all of the activities helps to spread the load. 
  • Masterclasses have many other benefits to schools including the opportunity to connect with primary schools in their community and development opportunities for their teachers, as well as an opportunity to forge links with the Ri.

Please get in touch to discuss the options for your school to get involved in the project.

Resources

Check out our resources for some Masterclass-style activities to use in your own teaching.

Testimonies

  • The workshops were highly interactive, using everyday resources in exciting ways. The activities gave me lots of ideas on how I could improve my lessons in class.

    Yr 9 Engineering Masterclass - Teacher

  • Masterclasses always encourage me to try new things and to be aware of post-Primary maths awaiting the children I work with.

    Primary Mathematics Masterclass organiser

London teachers

Find out more about nomiating students for one of the Masterclass series in London

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