Here’s How To Avoid The Expense of Maths Interventions For SATs in Year 6

Looking to support your Year 5 pupils to catch-up in Maths before SATs? Find out why Headteachers across the UK are using Third Space to plug gaps and cement knowledge before Year 6, and how to get summer term completely free! 

The Problem With Only Intervening At Year 6

Since January we’ve been supporting over 7,000 Year 6 pupils every week with 1-to-1 Maths lessons. Their confidence has grown, we have worked to plug any gaps and deal with misconceptions, and they are much more able to tackle the challenges of their KS2 SATs to come.

Here’s what Karen Bridges, Deputy Head at Green Park School, says: “Thanks to Third Space our children are happier and more confident with all aspects of mathematics. They make better progress and achieve well at the end of Year 6.

But when we look at the gaps that some Year 6 pupils have on entry into our primary school intervention programme, it’s clear that both the pupils and their dedicated tutors have a steep challenge ahead of them.

Before they can even start on revising key concepts, or practising SATs questions, they need to work from the ground up, sometimes even to develop an understanding of something as essential as Place Value.

We do our best in the 14 weeks we have these pupils from January and many pupils are able to turn their Maths performance around in that time.

But time and time again we see pupils from across the country leaving Year 5 still struggling with key topics, the same topics that trip them up when it comes to their SATs.

Many of them are, to our huge satisfaction, able to to turn around their Maths performance and achieve expected standard, through a combination of dedication, their newly won belief in themselves, and extremely hard work from them and their teachers, and our tutors.

And as the National Tutoring Programme is set to be rolled out across the country, we’re working hard to ensure we can help many more achieve success.

But What If…

• What if we’d been able to work with these pupils earlier in their school career? By the time they’d reach Year 6 we’d have already plugged any outstanding Key Stage 2 gaps.
• What if in Year 5 they were already used to the idea of talking for 45 minutes to an adult, of developing their reasoning, justifying their answers, and learning problem solving techniques.
• What if we’d already been able to develop their resilience and growth mindset so each new challenge was met with enthusiasm?

What if we’d been able to do this with the pupils – and regrettably there are always a few – for whom our rigorously effective 1-to-1 SATs booster programme comes too late?

We can provide all this to the pupils in your school who already struggle in Maths.

If you’re now looking at the results of your Year 4 or Year 5 Easter assessments, and wondering how you’re going to bridge the chasm between where your pupils are now and where they need to get to in Year 6 we’d like to help.

For summer term only, we’re offering ALL schools the chance of a term’s free 1-to-1 tuition for their target pupils in Years 3, 4 or 5.

We’ve introduced this offer deliberately to encourage schools to start planning and preparing for their future Year 6 with enough time to make a real difference to pupils’ outcomes and your school performance.

And of course, we know your budgets are tight, and we want to help you where we can.

Why Are Schools Choosing to Start Their Interventions Before Year 6?

We’ve written before about why your your KS2 SATs interventions should begin lower down the school. The key reasons that Headteachers are choosing to use our 1-to-1 tutors earlier in KS2 are as follows:

1. They understand the value of intervening early and the impact it can have not just on pupils who are working at or just below ARE, but on those working some distance away from ARE.

2. They are laser focused on narrowing the attainment gap in their school and realise that if the gap is widening between KS1 SATs and KS2 SATs, it’s better all round to address it at its narrowest.

3. Pupils in receipt of pupil premium are distributed across KS2 years and they are looking for a targeted intervention with clear per pupil accountability.

4. We’ve already been working with the school’s current Year 6 for a term or more and so now have the evidence that the intervention is right for their school to roll it out across more years.

5. They are making some hard choices with regards to budgets and outsourcing and as staff retire or leave, some heads are choosing to use our tutors as a flexible way to provide ‘keep up Maths tuition.

What To Expect From Your Summer Term of 1-to-1 Tuition 

Whether you choose to go for our Year 5 SATs Foundation or our Year 3-4 Keep Up Maths, all our maths intervention programmes can be adapted to fit your needs. But here’s what you can expect as standard:

6. Diagnostic Assessment identifies gaps

All your pupils will receive an initial diagnostic assessment which looks at both their attainment level and their attitude to Maths.

This is used for you and us to benchmark progress and to get an early feel for a pupils gaps.

7. Weekly 1-to-1 tuition for every pupil improves attainment

Each pupil receives a weekly lesson from their own personal expert Maths tutor. The tutor follows a programme of study that fits the pupils own needs/gaps, and is matched to their speed of progress. Pupils are free to ask questions in a safe and secure environment.

An example of a lesson on ‘Scale factor, ratios and similar shapes’ from our Maths curriculum
An example of a lesson on ‘Scale factor, ratios and similar shapes’ from our Maths curriculum

8. Growth mindset techniques build confidence and resilience

Following a programme personalised just for them, in a low-stakes environment,with rewards for effort, helps pupils become more confident and willing to engage in their class Maths lessons.

9. Progress reports provide oversight and support for your teachers

You and your teachers can see at a glance the progress of individual children and a cohort of pupils using Third Space – which topics have been tackled, which a child is secure on, and which need more work.

An overview progress report for a Year 6 pupil currently sitting our 1-to-1 Maths Intervention
An overview progress report for a Year 6 pupil currently sitting our 1-to-1 Maths Intervention
A lesson by lesson breakdown of how that same pupil is progressing
A lesson by lesson breakdown of how that same pupil is progressing

10. Maths Hub saves teachers time (and budget)

All schools using our whole school KS2 success in maths intervention programme receive premium access for all their teachers to our Maths hub of hundreds of resources, assessments and CPD.

“I love Third Space resources! They are well presented, visually appealing and the topic matter is linked to mastery in the new maths curriculum – meaning I don’t have to search for new resources. Plus I can use them as whole class starters, mini challenges, or even as little booklets for fast finishers, they’re very flexible!” – Alison Pearce-Kelly, Teacher, Buckland Primary School

If you’re interested, find out more about our Year 3-5 catch up maths programme.

Do you have pupils who need extra support in maths?
Every week Third Space Learning’s maths specialist tutors support thousands of pupils across hundreds of schools with weekly online 1-to-1 lessons and maths interventions designed to plug gaps and boost progress.

Since 2013 we’ve helped over 80,000 primary and secondary school pupils become more confident, able mathematicians. Learn more or request a personalised quote for your school to speak to us about your school’s needs and how we can help.

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Sophie Bessemer
Sophie Bessemer
Third Space Learning
Content Team
An education publisher, content editor and primary school governor, Sophie works at Third Space producing resources and sharing best practice