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Maths plan to help pupils catch up

Maths plan to help pupils catch up

Wednesday 19 October 2022

Maths plan to help pupils catch up

Wednesday 19 October 2022


Students who saw their learning affected by the covid-19 pandemic will be offered additional maths tuition to help them reach their potential.

All pupils aged between 11 and 18 who attend one of the States-funded secondary schools or The Guernsey Institute will be able to access tailored online maths tuition, which is to be offered by TUTOR.

TUTOR is part of the Complete Mathematics group of products. It was founded in 2013 to support teachers of maths.

Students will be able to access the programme in their classrooms with the support of teaching staff, or independently at home. They'll be able to do diagnostic tests which are aimed at making sure students are accessing material at the appropriate level for their own learning.

The TUTOR platform encourages students to keep learning by giving them experience points and awards, based on how they use the programme.

ESC said TUTOR can be used by all students but is particularly intended to support students whose learning was negatively affected by COVID-19. The initiative is aimed at secondary and post-16 students as this age group already has regular maths homework and TUTOR should be able to replace much of this while also being personalised to each learner.

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Pictured: Director of Education, Nick Hynes.

This partnership between Education and Complete Mathematics is part of a three-year covid recovery plan, agreed by the States Assembly in June as part of the updated Government Work Plan.

Prior to then, feedback from school-based staff highlighted the need for extra resources to ensure students would receive additional and different support to bounce back from two years of pandemic disruption. Both academic and wellbeing support was identified as needed.

Nick Hynes, Director of Education, said: "We were delighted to receive the support of the States for our Covid bounce back plan.

"The activities of the plan are completely aligned with the priorities and commitments of our Education Strategy; for example this initiative is about using partnerships to continuously improve education and developing our curriculum in line with best practice.

"Our students experienced two years of significant disruption to their learning and, while the hard work of staff meant the pandemic didn’t prevent young people accessing learning, this will have impacted the learning of some students more than others. Through additional investment in initiatives such as this with Complete Mathematics, we’re seeking to ensure all young people have access to additional support if they need it."

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