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How to Help Your Students Catch Up in Maths

The UK government has announced a £1bn booster package for schools across England to help catch up students’ education which has undoubtedly slipped during the pandemic. £350million has been granted towards the support of tutors to help the most disadvantaged students catch up, where the remaining £650million has been given to schools to use in a variety of ways to make up for lost study time.

Whilst the details are still quite vague, the government has provided guidelines of how this funding should be used via the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) website. The EEF guide has shown various ways of how schools can make best use of this funding, through a variety of strategies including pupil assessment, intervention programmes and summer support.

There are various EdTech tools in the market that can help students catch-up with their learning. During the last four months, Mangahigh has experienced an unprecedented amount of interest in our game-based learning tool for maths, not only for the educational fun it provides students, but also for its assessment capabilities and actionable insights that support each individual child on their learning pathway.

Using feedback from teachers currently using Mangahigh, below is a framework of how Mangahigh can be used for feedback and assessment, which can help teachers support various levels of student knowledge in the upcoming school year.

How to Use Mangahigh for Pupil Instruction, Assessment and Feedback

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1. Assessment of Existing Knowledge

Choose a maths topic that you have covered during school lockdown and find the relevant activity or activities on Mangahigh. These can be either Prodigi based quiz questions or one of our educational games (for this stage we would recommend Prodigi quiz questions). You can then assign this to your students to see how well they have mastered the topic.

2. Identify Key Knowledge Gaps

Once an activity has been completed, a teacher can see their class and each child’s individual performance on the chosen activity. The reporting doesn’t just show who has a solid conceptual understanding (a bronze medal), but for those who have excelled in their learning (silver/gold medals), those who are struggling and those who haven’t yet attempted it.

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3. Assign Supporting Maths Activities

Using the gap analysis, you can then create a custom learning pathway for each student based on their current level of understanding. Using a combination of classroom support and Mangahigh for class and homework, each student will have a tailored learning plan to help them cover any lost ground. You can assign further activities on Mangahigh either in class group work or for homework. Students are also supported by the Mangahigh AI engine, which provides recommended activities for them to do based on how they are progressing on Mangahigh.

4. Evaluate Student Progress Throughout

Student progression is continuous so teachers can frequently refer back to the reporting dashboard to monitor both student progress and outcomes. Evaluation can be done instantly during a class or after set homework to determine whether a child has understood the topic and can either move onto the next teachings or if they require extra support.

Want to use Mangahigh for free over the summer months to kickstart your school’s catch-up plan? Get in touch to find out more.

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By Alex Cull
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