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Mixed ability vs ability grouping in the primary school classroom

Mixed ability groupings are less common in primary schools than ability setting. Ability grouping has been the norm for many years, but this is changing. Where do you stand?

By Jodie Lopez

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Maths Showcases in KS2: the way forward for sharing best practice

This term saw the launch of our new Ambassador Scheme whereby a select group of 100 primary schools were asked to celebrate their relationship with us

By Sophie Waterman-Smith

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Place value made easy: a practical KS1 or KS2 activity that never fails

Whether you teach KS1 or KS2 (and even KS3 many say) place value activities which actually work to embed these crucial concepts can be difficult to track down. Not any more!

By Jodie Lopez

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Talking in Maths [Part 2] 5 tested ways to engage lower ability pupils

Do you sometimes struggle to engage lower ability or bottom set pupils in Maths talk and expressing their reasoning? You’re not alone if you do.

By Ellie McCann

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How AI can support teachers, tutors and the future classroom

We’re very excited that The Times has recognised our work in an extensive feature on AI for their ‘Future of Learning’ report, based on AI research to support learning and classrooms in future

By Sophie Bessemer

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Why follow Mastery in Maths at KS1 and KS2? 6 real benefits

Sceptical of mastery in Maths? This post outlines 6 benefits of adopting a mastery approach in a UK context, even when you’re not following an entire Singapore or Shanghai Maths approach

By Pete Richardson

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Quick and easy guide to Place Value in KS1 and KS2

Doesn’t it seem like every term starts with place value work? There’s a reason for that. It underpins everything. Let's break down place value in the new(ish) primary national curriculum

By Jodie Lopez

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How hands on manipulatives transform KS2 Maths in mastery

Maths manipulatives and hands on concrete resources have always been acceptable in the EYFS classroom as a method of teaching primary Maths concepts, but what about KS2?

By Wendy Liu

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How to take Maths specialists from good to outstanding

Many teachers have finished the first of their INSET days this year, it seems a good opportunity to share some of the lessons we’ve learnt through our own training of hundreds of tutors

By Ed Salton

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How to assess KS2 learning gaps in Maths early in Year 6

If you're looking to identify pupils' learning gaps, many will introduce a quick gap analysis to pinpoint individual learning needs and identify common areas that pupils struggle with

By Sophie Waterman-Smith

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