The grant recipient
Rhian Davies has been teaching secondary school maths for 9 years, and is currently the Director of Teaching and Learning at Marple Hall School in Stockport. During her own time in education, Rhian experienced first-hand some of the difficulties which children from disadvantaged backgrounds face, making her determined to ensure the best possible start for her students.
Rhian has trained high ability students at KS4 to deliver academic support to younger students who are struggling in maths. Over the course of 32 weeks, students are expected to attend a one hour, after school club where they are given targeted support in groups of up to four.
Curriculum materials are designed by qualified maths teachers and sessions are supervised by High Level Teaching Assisants, with overall coordination and management from Rhian.
The aims of the project are:
- 80% of students will achieve at least 2 sublevels of progress in maths over one academic year.
- Students will report improved experiences of maths.
- Sessions will be well attended.
- Older students will develop leadership skills which will help them in later life.
In 2012-13 the project achieved the following results:
- 90% of students made at least 2 sublevels of progress in maths.
- Comparison data shows that the SHINE group outperformed those of a matching profile who did not receive the intervention.
- Average attendance was excellent at 90%.
This programme is also subject to an external evaluation by the Colebrooke Centre for Evidence and Implementation.
Following the success of the first year, in June 2013 the trustees of SHINE awarded Rhian a further grant to help replicate her project in two other schools.
Funding: £25,390, over two years (2012-14)
We are grateful to be funding this programme in partnership with the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.
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- In 2013, 38% of pupils who qualified for Free School Meals got 5 good GCSEs, compared with 64% of their wealthier peers.
Government statistics, 2014 By the age of 5, children from lower income homes have a vocabulary almost one year behind that of their wealthier peers.
The Sutton Trust, 2010There are 3.5 million children living in poverty in the UK today. That's more than a quarter of all children.
Government Statistics, 2014Children who grow up in poverty are four times as likely to become poor adults, becoming the parents of the next generation of children living in poverty.
Child Poverty Action Group, 2012Every year, around 1 in 3 children on free school meals leave primary school with poor standards of maths and English - around twice the national average.
National Statistics, 2010Since August 2000, we have invested over £20 million in projects to help give all children the best possible education.This money has helped more than 140,000 children from 5,000 schools.Key figures