Accelerated improvement in maths SATs results


t. Michael’s VA Junior School is a four-form entry school in Norwich, Norfolk. The school prides itself on its exciting, enterprising curriculum and strive to raise standards with the local community in a supportive way.

Thanks to the inspirational work of teachers and school leadership, St. Michael’s has built a culture of success in maths over the last four years, achieving dramatic improvement in SATs results.

Sarah Claflin, deputy headteacher and subject leader in maths at St Michael’s, was kind enough to share her experience of working with Whizz Education.

“Since starting with Maths-Whizz, our year on year SATs results have got better and better; our scores shot up! It’s incredible!”

The Challenge Raising SATs results

“When I first moved to St. Michael’s, our SATs results in maths were below floor. I knew that we needed to evaluate and restructure our approach to maths.

At my previous school, we’d also been struggling with our maths results. Back then, we did some research and came across Maths- Whizz and Whizz Education. ‘I was there for less than a year using Maths-Whizz, but I’d already seen its potential.”

The Solution

Using Maths-Whizz to support classroom teaching

Whizz Education partnered with St. Michael’s to help them enrich their classroom teaching with Maths-Whizz, providing personalised learning for students and empowering teachers to instantly track every student’s progress.

“We made a lot of changes to the way we teach maths; Maths-Whizz was a fundamental part of that. It helps to support us with the analysis and understanding of each child’s needs — as well as the enjoyment.

The Maths-Whizz Tutor is now the only maths homework we set. It is tailored and personalised and teaches each child at the level they need, with all the support they need.

Something like a worksheet just can’t achieve that: maybe you could differentiate three ways, but who’s to say that will be accessible to everyone? The Maths-Whizz Tutor, on the other hand - now that has impact.

It’s key that our teachers use the Maths-Whizz reports, and that each child has some individual time with their teacher in the Maths-Whizz hour. Children see their efforts and progress visualised, and teachers get great results by understanding and analysing the reports.”

The Results

Empowered teachers and ‘incredible’ SATs results

Sarah Claflin joined the school in 2012 when St. Michael’s were achieving 58% in their Year 6 SATs results. Since implementing Maths-Whizz and working with Whizz Education these have improved year on year. Within five years, 80% of children were meeting the national standard for maths.

“Since starting with Maths-Whizz, our year on year SATs results have got better and better; our scores shot up! It’s incredible, really.

The children really enjoy it, too. They even use the Tutor in their spare time. They often come in at break and say “Can I spend some time on Maths-Whizz?” Some children would love to spend hours on it. Just today, one of the children came over to me, excited about the

fact that he had worked hard daily to improve his Maths Age and at last he had beaten our reigning champion.

The teachers are really seeing the results of using the Maths-Whizz reporting tools, understanding and analysing each child’s maths progress. They can really visualise each child’s learning, and they share that with the children one-to-one, letting them decide if they want to compete with others.”

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