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What is timely practice?

The problem: Nationwide almost all learners learn what they are taught in almost all maths lessons … yet ... if we assess low attaining and underachieving learners a week after the lesson, most learners will have forgotten most of the learning of the lesson.

The solution: Use 10 to 15 minutes of each lesson to "do timely practice". Learners independently complete their personalised PDF assignments while the teacher has time and headspace to give feedback. The assignments, created by the timely practice app, embed new and existing maths learning ever more durably into each learner's long-term memory.

timely practice supports smaller working-memory friendly teaching:

  • Assessment for learning, planning, teaching, assessment of learning, retrieval practice and feedback are connected. Each supports and is supported by the others to more reliably build chunks or mental schema in each learner's long term memory.
  • Building larger, more accurate and better connected chunks and triggers in long term memory "frees up" working memory capacity for the next spiral of new learning.
  • Each learner's maths journey is a relentless but gentle spiral of increasing learning expectations.
  • Learners' motivation, pace of work and attainment accelerates. Within 6 months learners can be seen to be closing the learning gap. Within 12 to 24 months the attainment of most of the timely practice learners is on a parr with or higher than the attainment of their peers in "the set above" not using timely practice.

Cheaper plans available, when contacting us direct info@timelypractice.com

Recommended Usage

Learners below the 15th percentile use for 10 to 15 minutes every maths lesson.

Learners between the 16th to 40th percentile use 2, ideally 3, times per week, for 15 to 20 minute sessions.

Educational Impact

reduce attainment gap
improve attainment
improve teaching efficiency
CompanyBusiness Name: SRS Learning Limited
HQ Location: United Kingdom
Founded: 2014
Age Range8-10, 11-13, 14-16, 17-18
FeaturesSenSendRetrieval PracticeEffective FeedbackAssessment For LearningAflLow AttainingSmaller Working MemoryAlternative ProvisionTutoringG C S E RetakeS R S MotivatingImprove Attendance
AccessibilityRobust features
PoliciesTerms of ServicePrivacy PolicyGDPR
RequirementsAvailable OfflineInternet - Low BandwidthMobile - Android

Teachers interact with the app via an android device: planning teaching, creating and assessing the learners' PDF assignments.

Learners write on the PDF assignments in lessons or for homework.

Set Up

A few minutes.

The teacher

  • select the teaching order of topics,
  • adds the names and the broad level of their learners (if known).
TrainingIn PersonLive OnlineWebinarsDocumentationVideos
SupportEmailKnowledge BasePhone Support
Home LearningParent Access

Anyone can create the account.

Parents should begin with pre assess (not retrieval practice) until all topics are pre assessed - to catch learning before it is forgotten. Thereafter parents may use the customer knowledge base and/or schedule a training session to get the most from using the timely practice app for filling in learning gaps before going on to add harder learning from each topic.

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Pricing Plans

FreemiumFree TrialPaid Subscription

timely practice pricing starts from £1 / per-pupil

Limited number of free trials for one year in exchange for agreed progress data

Free trial to compare progress in attainment within KS2, KS3 or KS4 for

  • up to 6 weeks using the school's current SOL and
  • the same duration, teaching in the timely practice manner.

Trials are free in exchange for pertinent data.


Cost is £1 per learner per half term (for school/alternative provision with over 50% pupil premium or equivalent).

Other schools and for volume discounts, please enquire.

Parents and private tutors £5 per learner per half term.

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John Petry

Lead Practitioner

Used timely practice daily for 5 years+

Nov 2022

It is the only thing I have found which guarantees that students who need additional learning support catch up with their peers. Often they can understand harder topics - it is just their memory holding them back. Timely practice removes that barrier.

John Petry found timely practice:
  • Significantly reduces attainment gap
    Students from disadvantaged backgrounds and with educational needs who in previous years would not have achieved a grade 4 to allow progression, have done so in the past 5 years with the help of timely practice.
  • Slightly improves teaching efficiency
    Timely practice auto-creates personalised practice based on student retrieval cycles, so reduces time sourcing questions (and the database provides lesson materials for all topics).
  • Significantly improves attainment
    Students remember key skills from year to year - instead of having to reteach each year they retain knowledge. This is a huge difference from what normally holds some students back.
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Tony Shah

Head of Mathematics

Skinners Academy, England

Used timely practice daily for 1-2 years

Dec 2021

Because I have seen first hand the confidence, enjoyment and progress of pupils

Reply from timely practice:Dear Tony, Thanks so much for continuing with timely practice whilst we were upgrading our product. It really helped us to know how much difference, the FAKE timely practice assignments made to your students confidence, enjoyment and progress. Hopefully when our upgrades are finished, the truly personalised assignments can make even more of a difference to students. Good luck in your new role.
Tony Shah found timely practice:
  • Moderately reduces attainment gap
    Exam results analysis showed improved progress
  • Does not significantly improve teaching efficiency
    There is more preparation required but no planning
  • Moderately improves attainment
    Exam results analysis showed increased progress
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Kirsty Behan

Acting Team Leader

Used Timely practice for 3 years

Apr 2020

Timely Practice has revolutionized the way I teach low attaining students. It has not only improved results but students have reported enjoying completely their timely practice each lesson, knowing how much it has helped them learn and, often for the first time, given them some confidence in their mathematical knowledge.

Reply from timely practice:Hi Kirsty, Without your support over the past few years, I very much doubt we would have the product we have today. I'm sorry that we've been off line this year. However I'm very much looking forward to working with you in 2021-22 with our new version and hope you will find your students increase their attainment to a similar or greater degree with a little less teacher effort. Thanks again, Lesley
Kirsty Behan found Timely practice:
  • Significantly reduces attainment gap
    My year 11 class last year that used Timely Practice made expected progress at the end of Key Stage 4. This was above the typical progress for these types of students in the school traditionally.
  • Significantly improves teaching efficiency and productivity
    Teachers can see very clearly using the progress on topic function how the depth of learning of a topic changes over time. This allows you to see if a student has truly learnt that section of the maths curriculum and allows you to know whether to progress to the next part, or re-teach, or save it for later when the student is ready. This means that time is not wasted re-teaching unnecessary topics or teaching topics that are too difficult for the student.
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Alfie Sparkes

Subject Lead for KS3

Used Timely practice for 2 years

Apr 2020

Without timely practice, lower ability groups tend to continue with many misconceptions and with learning new things, more misconceptions are developed which are harder to break down and fix. With timely practice misconceptions are identified through retrieval and interleaved practice which help maintain understanding whilst allowing myself to address these misconceptions and make progress in new areas of maths.

Reply from timely practice:Hi Alfie, Thanks for your confidence in, and for testing our product. I'm sorry that we've been off line this past academic year, but hope to work with you again in 2021-22. Best wishes Lesley
Alfie Sparkes found Timely practice:
  • Significantly reduces attainment gap
    For example, GCSE resit, without timely practice, students attained a grade 3. With timely practice, students attained 5 grade 4's and 90% attained a grade higher.
  • Significantly improves teaching efficiency and productivity
    I have found that I am to give concrete and consistent feedback to any class who I have used timely practice with to help with retention and understanding long term.
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John Petry

Acting Team Leader

Used Timely practice for 4 years

Apr 2020

This is the only thing I have found that properly addresses the attainment gap for students who struggle the most with Maths. Most other initiatives help those who are expected to attain in the middle or at the top of the spectrum in school. Timely practice helps those who come to secondary school with serious confidence gaps, dyscalculia, and lacking basic numerosity. It is fully integrated into every lesson, and slowly builds them up, whilst ensuring new learning is not wasted. It suits pupils with limited short and medium term memory, as it develops ingrained fluency. It covers the curriculum, and has transformed how I teach lower prior attainers from Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 4, whilst also noticeably boosting their final results.

Reply from timely practice:Hi John, It has been a pleasure working with you and watching your classes grow into mathematicians. I also found very useful your comments on changing units and teaching multiply - both of which we have incorporated into our new version.
John Petry found Timely practice:
  • Significantly reduces attainment gap
    Students who have struggled with Maths before, and who wouldn't normally be expected to outperform their attainment target, do so with Timely Practice. Having taught two Maths GCSE classes from year 10 to 11 using Timely Practice, it helps them retain and memorise the skills you practice in a lesson, so each year they build their knowledge, rather than start from scratch again. This has particularly helped students with low aspirational backgrounds, as they practice less well at home. As timely practice supports them with a personalised set of questions in their lessons, these students remember more, and overcome their barriers to progress.
  • Significantly improves teaching efficiency and productivity
    Timely Practice automates the process of choosing review questions. Not only that, it personalises the review questions depending on each students journey towards mastering a skill. As 15-20 minutes at the start of your lesson are then set, all that is required to plan within a lesson is responses to misconceptions raised by the practice, and a small, manageable chunk of new learning.
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marvellous maths tutors, England

Used Timely practice for 2 years

Apr 2020

It is the only thing I've found that works in the long term to raise attainment. I'd never want to go back to teaching without it

Reply from timely practice:Hi Lizzy, Thanks for such positive comments. I'm especially happy to hear about raising attainment in the long term.
Lizzy found Timely practice:
  • Significantly reduces attainment gap
    Many learners who might have got a grade 0 or 1 end up with a grade 2, 3 and occasionally even a 4
  • Significantly improves teaching efficiency and productivity
    It is really quick to plan lessons, and once I've taught something, I quickly can see if it has been learned or if I need to give a bit of feedback to make it stick. I almost never have to re-teach.
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