Managing the Process

How a skills-based curriculum impacts maths standards Great Barr Primary, Birmingham, has put hundreds of hours into developing a skills based curriculum and an advanced tracking system for pupil progress. The programme looks at how this impacts maths standards in Foundation Stage and Key Stage One.

Headteacher Sue Courbet believes that to improve value added they need to get children to enjoy maths more. They’ve trained staff to deliver much more practical activity and have pushed speaking and listening in maths. Children’s achievements are being recorded lesson by lesson and input into their assessment system.

We see how senior staff including the maths co-ordinator are linking the schools enquiry based approach to learning with the new maths framework. Lesson monitoring and frank assessments of the teaching have been needed.

Standards are being monitored through book trawls too and the school are paying more attention to their assessment data using RAISE on line.

Together, these initiative are making a positive impact.

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