Review of Giglets
Nora McCrorie

Principal Teacher

St Patrick's PS, Auchinleck, East Ayrshire, Scotland

Used Giglets weekly for 1-2 years

Nov 2021

Giglets is a great resource. The support from the Giglets team (Seona) is invaluable. All requests are listened to and changes made where appropriate. Continuous support with updates is really helpful. Great to see that resources are being continually added to. The option to upload/adapt reading activities is very helpful. Also, input at authority level at Literacy Leaders events supports the strategic approach across the authority. SAC team now using Giglets texts which means more resources prepared for busy teachers. Support in school with delivery of bespoke training sessions has been great. (Planning to organise Parent Workshop and will again be accessing support of the Team.

Reply from Giglets:Hi Nora, Thanks so much for your review! We're so happy to hear how Giglets supports literacy in your school. If you need anything at all, please don't hesitate to get in touch. Best wishes, The Giglets Team
Nora McCrorie found Giglets:
  • Moderately saves school money
    Saves money on purchasing reading books/texts.
  • Significantly reduces teacher workload
    All the pre-prepared materials are a great resource for teachers. Assessment results can be added to pupil portfolios- good to have access to the data. The access to a range of texts saves a great deal of time for teachers. The fact that they are all book banded also a plus. Access to Giglets at home helps with time management. Home Learning Sessions - godsend! Teachers able to share what's happening in the classroom. Also saves time on homework preparation.
  • Significantly reduces attainment gap
    Pupils engage very well with Giglets. The Giglets tools make reading accessible for all pupils. Pupils feel that they are using the same resources as their peers - improves self-esteem and confidence. Particularly in upper classes, differentiated work is less obvious. Pupils also involved in choice of texts for groups etc. This means interests are being catered for. Hoping to embed Giglets into reading programme, looking forward to seeing the impact longer term.
  • Slightly improves parent engagement
    Due to the global pandemic, we have more limitations with regard to parental involvement. However, parents have intimated that they like their children using Giglets, they find it easy to navigate. The fact that it's an online resource also help. (Doesn't get lost!) It is also helpful when pupils are self-isolating, parents feel that they are engaging in quality tasks/activities.
  • Slightly improves attainment
    It appears to impact positively on attainment in that pupils are engaging in literacy/reading activities in school and at home. From the assessment data, teachers can see an improvement in specific skills. It also helps identify skills that pupils need to focus on so teachers can include this in planning for literacy sessions. Would need to spend time assessing the data. On the list!
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