What Impact does attending Springboard Catch-up Mathematics Programme have on Key Stage 2 Children?
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The aim of this research was to establish if and how taking part in a 10 week Springboard Catch-up booster programme impacted on those children who attended. lt looked specifically at the focus schoolwith links to the overall effectiveness within the local education authority. The factors identified, as impacting on the effectiveness of the programme through reading literature and from a professional capacity, were the teaching, smallgroup work, the resources used and the confidence the children gained. The research was small scale, this allowed for a deeper understanding of the effectiveness and problems of the programme. Triangulation was used in the methodology to give more reliable results. Face to face interviews were completed with those who were involved in running the programme. For the children who participated in the programme, group interviews were utilised to gain a better understanding of their feelings on it. Questionnaires were sent to cluster schools, after collating results from initial interviews, but with no response. The main findings showed that the programme made a positive impact, in most cases in the focus school for the stipulated year. The main issues which arose, within the focus school, were the profile of the Catch-up programme. communication, the importance of targeting the right children and the effectiveness of the test used. The results also reveal the need for further research to show that the programme consistently heþs the children to gain a level four at the end of Key Stage two. A longitudinal study, following those who participate and the affects of the programme on them, is a recommendation.
BA (Hons) Education Studies
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