"You need to find out where the kids are and teach them from there."
Mastery teaching is a core tenet of Teaching and Learning within STEP, who are committed to embedding the practice within their schools, and supporting other schools through STEP Ahead, its East Sussex, and Brighton and Hove Teaching School Hub. Neil therefore began by using the quizzes on to identify the approximate starting point for each class, recognising that “Maths isn't year dependent, it's mathematical-development dependent - you need to find out where the kids are and teach them from there.”
In a one form entry school in particular, a big challenge is the range of attainment levels in each class — it can be exceptionally difficult to make sure everyone is learning maths at the appropriate level. To counter this, two weeks prior to starting a unit, Neil adds all the relevant Lesson Objectives into one lesson on and then generates a Readiness quiz. He explains, “Doing this two weeks prior to the unit gives me the time to decide which are the most important prerequisites children are missing and plan the corrective teaching needed to be ready to start the next unit.”
“We were able to quickly build a picture of these pupils’ gaps”
“We had a term’s worth of rich data from regular assessments”
“Complete Maths has made it 10 times easier to help us identify what those prerequisites are”
"It brings in retrieval practice and secures and strengthens their mathematical schema whilst allowing me the time to teach other pupils in a more responsive manner"