Review of Big Maths
Big Maths

Maths Coordinator/Year 5 teacher

Howell's Prep School/GDST, Wales

Used Big Maths for 5 years

Jun 2020

It's the best Maths resource that I've seen and used in many years of teaching. And it works!!!! I now see children who love Maths and teachers who are enthusiastic about teaching the subject. I wouldn't want to work any other way.

Shelley found Big Maths:
  • Significantly improves attainment
    Year 7 teachers now notice the children who have been using Big Maths and their speed and agility. Girls are confident and apply their skills in a range of subjects daily. They see the links between and within Maths
  • Significantly builds student knowledge
  • Moderately reduces attainment gap
    Firstly, Big Maths allows you to see the scale and nature of the gap clearly! It then shows where specific children need to make progress and helps teachers highlight the areas to help close gaps. The 'Learning Gaps' area on the website is so easy to use.
  • Moderately improves teaching efficiency and productivity
    The detailed programme is clear for teachers and provides a structured framework to be followed that has incremental steps. The testing programme helps feed into planning, allowing lessons to become helpful and relevant to the cohort. The vast range of resources on offer are high quality, saving teachers hours of time. Big Maths online saves marking time, allowing teachers to spend time helping children to improve
  • Significantly reduces teacher workload
    See previous comments - less time making resources, marking of tests is done online and assessment data is at your fingertips!
  • Moderately improves teacher knowledge and skills
    Those who are new to Big Maths always have that 'lightbulb' moment when seeing the methodology and the progression steps. Big Maths provides detailed teacher notes to help support the less confident mathematics teachers.
  • Significantly saves school money
    In comparison to other Mathematics schemes, Big Maths is value for money. Less cost doesn't mean less quality!!!!
  • Significantly provides school data
    Every week teachers are given data about individual children and classes. This is tracked for you and available in an accessible format. The whole system works on a cycle, feeding into planning and supporting development.
  • Slightly improves parental engagement
    Many parents are onboard with Big Maths. They especially get involved in Learn Its and support children to weekly improve scores.
  • Moderately improves behaviour or wellbeing
    All of the teachers I know love using Big Maths and helping the children in their classes achieve with it. When you see that the programme works, it makes being a teacher and all the hard work worth it! The time saved in creating resources helps too - it allows you to spend time supporting.
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