Raising Attainment in Year 1

Year 1 Project


Raising Attainment in Year 1

The Raising Attainment in Year 1 Project is an exciting 1-year CPD programme for Year 1 teachers. For the past two years the project has successfully supported schools to raise attainment for identified children in Year 1 and has helped teachers to improve their own, and other colleagues', practice.

 The project aims to:

  • Support teachers and TAs to improve the attainment of identified children in writing or maths 
  • Provide CPD for Year 1 teachers, teaching assistants and SLT to ensure clarity around age-related expectations and progression across the year
  • Support staff subject knowledge and confidence related to teaching and learning in one or more of the following areas: phonics, reading, writing and/or maths

In 2017/18, English and Maths Advisers worked with teachers and teaching assistants from 11 Cambridgeshire schools; and in 2018/19 advisers supported a further 10 schools. 

Participating teachers commented:

  • "Taking part in the project has improved my confidence and subject knowledge" Year 1 Teacher
  • "The students now demonstate better learning behaviours and settle more quickly to their work" Year 1 Teacher
  • "The majority of children in my class made good or better progress" Key Stage 1 Leader

To read about the actions and impact of the project from 2017/18 or 2018/19, click on the tabs below.  You can also read an evaluative summary, from each year, below.

In 2019/20 we will be provided training and bespoke  support to participating schools. 

This support focuses on raising attainment in either writing or maths; and includes one or more of the following:

  • support with diagnostic assessment to identify students' areas for development and/or barriers to learning
  • support with action planning and evaluation
  • planning and assessment support
  • providing bespoke professional development through leading training sessions for teachers and/or teaching assistants
  • moderation of teacher assessments and identifying areas for further development 
  • identifying useful resources and modelling how to use them effectively

If you're interested in taking part in the Raising Attainment in Year 1 Project, please contact Rosemarie Sadler by emailing rosemarie.sadler@cambridgeshire.gov.uk or contact Emma Fuller, Lead Adviser for English and Maths, by sending an email to emma.fuller@cambridgeshire.gov.uk 

In 2018/19 we ran the project for the second year, supporting new participating schools in either English or maths. Advisers worked closely with Year 1 teachers and children, to raise their attainment and improve their progress.

The project provided support to a target group of up to 8 disadvantaged pupils in each class. 

At the end of the year, participating schools were invited to complete a short case study to summarise the impact of the project and the implications for the future.

Case study evidence highlights the following improvements in learning behaviours for the target pupils:

  • Improved confidence and participation
  • Improved willingness to try, self-belief and recognition of own and others’ progress
  • Children more aware of teachers’ expectations
  • Children working with less support or more willing to try and work independently
  • Increased stamina for writing

 

Evidence from case studies, and from discussions with teachers, highlighted the following areas of impact on teachers and TAs:

  • Higher and clearer expectations for learning behaviours and outcomes
  • Improved subject knowledge and confidence
  • Teachers and Teaching Assistants making greater use of learning time, reducing or improving transition times
  • Teachers becoming more confident at making assessment decisions based on a range of evidence gathered.

You can download and read the full case study summary in our project evaluation, below.

In 2017/18 advisers provided free training and bespoke support for each participating school.  This support focussed on attainment in one specific subject area, either Reading, Writing, Phonics or Maths; and included one or more of the following:

  • support with diagnostic assessment to identify students' areas for development and/or barriers to learning
  • support with action planning and evaluation
  • planning and assessment support
  • providing bespoke professional development through leading training sessions for teachers and/or teaching assistants
  • moderation of teacher assessments and identifying areas for further development 
  • identifying useful resources and modelling how to use them effectively

At the end of the school year, each of the participating schools wrote a short case study to identify and evaluate the impact of the project.  This information was used to inform the project evaluation - which is available to download in full, below.

Case Study Anonymised

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Contact Us

 

If you would like to find out more about the project, or would like to express an interest in taking part in next year's project, please contact Emma Fuller

Emma.Fuller@cambridgeshire.gov.uk