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Slide 1 © Crown copyright 2008 Study Plus An intervention programme to raise attainment at GCSE
Slide 2 © Crown copyright 2008 Introducing Study Plus Objectives To raise awareness of Study Plus as a wave 2 intervention programme for KS4 To illustrate the key features of Study Plus To consider the outcomes of the Study Plus pilot project To outline the key considerations for senior leaders when planning to implement Study Plus
Slide 3 © Crown copyright 2008 Study Plus key features (1) Study Plus is a 5–6 term programme that is timetabled during the school day for at least two lessons a week – typically pupils opt for it as part of the schools option programme. Study Plus is planned as a sequence of around 20 English or mathematics units or a mixture of the two – each unit lasting 3–4 weeks.
Slide 4 © Crown copyright 2008 Study Plus key features (2) Teaching in each unit is focused by a cluster of curricular targets that have been identified as relevant to the group and individuals by using the English and mathematics progression maps. There is support for the Study Plus teacher through training and materials.
Slide 5 © Crown copyright 2008 Study Plus key features (3) Pupils learning is supported by another adult, e.g. a teaching assistant or learning mentor who is attached to the group. Close links to the main learning in English and mathematics lessons.
Slide 6 © Crown copyright 2008 Access to Study Plus material Online training for Study Plus www.standards.dcsf.gov.uk/intervention/sp_what_is.html To download the Study Plus handbook www.standards.dcsf.gov.uk/secondary/keystage4/respub/studyplus The Study Plus handbook may be ordered from DCSF publications 0845 60 222 60 Ref: 00327-2007PCK-EN
Slide 7 © Crown copyright 2008 Impact of Study Plus on progress All Study Plus pupils were targeted because they had not made the expected progress in KS3. During 2 years of Study Plus: In 78% of the schools over half the pupils made good or very good progress in English In 69% of the schools over half the pupils made good or very good progress in mathematics In 57% of the schools over half the pupils made good or very good progress in the wider curriculum.
Slide 8 © Crown copyright 2008 Impact of Study Plus on attainment In Year 9 all Study Plus pupils were predicted to attain lower than grade C. In June 2008 schools predicted that of these pupils: 52% would gain GCSE grade C or better in English 44% would gain GCSE grade C or better in mathematics 29% would gain 5 GCSEs A*–C including English and mathematics.
Slide 9 © Crown copyright 2008 Study Plus: keys to success Select the target group of pupils with care and involve parents from the start Study Plus should be regarded as a whole-school initiative and all staff should be made aware Full commitment to Study Plus from the schools SLT is essential Commitment and flexibility on the part of teachers is very important The role of the TA is crucial to success Pupils should be engaged in learning that is perceived as different from English and mathematics lessons.
Slide 10 © Crown copyright 2008 Key decisions for leaders What kind of course? Where does it fit into the curriculum/timetable? Who will teach it? How are the pupils to be recruited?
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