In numeracy we deliver small group and paired intervention. This proves to be the most effective method of support for the students, they retain more of what they learn and explore due to the method of repetition.
We use a combination of My Maths, Maths Watch, Hegarty maths and practical numeracy resources to support student’s learning. The member of staff, who specialises in Maths, initially assesses key areas of weakness and then spends time securing basic numeracy / number skills. Weaknesses are also identified through question level analysis from assessments by the Head of Department. Students are shown the questions where they have performed the weakest in and this links to the specific Hegarty Maths lessons where they can watch video examples and then complete a mini quiz which tests that skill. This can be monitored by the class teacher and the intervention leader.
Discussions take place following the completion of students work. Students are encouraged to discuss how they came across their outcomes in order to check their processing skills. It is quite common for lower ability students to regress upon transition to secondary school from their KS2 SATs. Initial baseline tests showed that all of our students eligible for funding had regressed by at least one sublevel, two in most cases. Further testing at the end of term showed that all students were now securely working at their KS2 sub level, with only one student showing regression. This student has significant behavioral and attendance concerns, which are being addressed.
Further progress is now expected in numeracy, and this aspect in particular is being monitored closely.