Research - Projects 2014/15

CfBT Intervention Trial – Closing the Gap

We are excited to be part of the CfBT trial of four interventions; First Class@Number, Growth Mindsets, Breakthrough for Literacy and Numicon. 10 of our schools took part in these and received free training in the intervention for one of their members of staff. The children were tested prior to the intervention starting and are awaiting their post-test to assess the success of the intervention.

We were also excited to be allowed to share staff across schools for this project, meaning that the expertise of our TAs was used to help more of our children.


Closing the Gap – Marking and Feedback

This project has involved several schools across the Whitby, Scarborough and Esk Valley areas. Schools were invited to come together and receive training on the marking and feedback within four of our schools and then visit three of these.

After this a short ‘Pupil Voice’ project was undertaken which involved collecting pupils input on the effectiveness of marking and feedback. All the information gathered will be fed back at a final meeting when a list of ‘non-negotiables’ for all our schools marking policies will be established.

Using Talk in Maths

A small group of staff met together over the year to consider using ‘story maps’ and practical methods to help children recall the methods for the four main calculations.

 This has led to an upcoming Y6/7 transition project with Caedmon College, Esdale School and Malton Secondary School which will begin shortly.

Yorkshire and Humber Conference

Our two research leads for the Esk Valley Alliance were invited to speak and facilitate a workshop at the Yorkshire and Humber Teaching Schools conference.


Maths in Switzerland

Mari Palmer, Headteacher at Settrington All Saints, participated in a research visit organized by HARTs  - visits took place in a teacher training college and three primary schools in Switzerland to look at methods for teaching mathematics. This was incredibly interesting and informative. As a result Settrington All Saints have decided to trial Maths – No Problem, text books throughout the whole school next year. We believe this is unique in an English school with mixed age classes.



For more information about any of our research programmes please contact Mari Palmer Mari can be contacted by clicking this link.