We were delighted last year to be awarded a grant by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) to develop, trial and implement a maths intervention for learners most at risk of not meeting age related expectations. This wide-ranging programme, called Maths Counts, aims to bring together years of experience in one-to-one intensive maths support. It’s supported and resourced by a unique digital tool which contains lessons, resources, ideas, feedback and motivation that can be accessed by the child, Learning Partner (Teaching Assistant or lead maths teacher) and parents.
This digital tool is a ‘one-stop-shop’ and is populated with new National Curriculum content, setting out a progression of knowledge, skills and understanding in small achievable steps. It is designed to specifically appeal to children and allows their Learning Partners to easily access a range of relevant learning resources and lessons to support each learning objective. Evidence of learning is uploaded in the form of documents, photographs, video clips or other media.
Earlier this year, we recruited 30 schools from London, Bristol, and the South West for a national efficacy trial, where pupils in Years 3–6 were identified as eligible for support if they’re not meeting the Year 2 programme of study. As the trial progresses, data from the initial diagnostic lessons and final assessments will be shared with The University of Durham, who are evaluating the effectiveness of the programme.
We popped along to one of the South West training sessions this morning, and were thrilled to see the delegates getting to grips with their resource boxes for the first time!