No such thing as a free lunch? Primary schools have the next best thing with 'Achieve Online'
With the key stage 2 maths SATs results due, it’s an opportune time for schools to be thinking about their strategies for next year.
That’s why publisher Rising Stars is stepping in with a new online revision service for Year 6 children to help them succeed in the tests. It's called Achieve Online Mathematics, and the good news is that this high-quality product, which would normally cost £200-500 is free for a year.
There’s no catch. All that Rising Stars wants in return is feedback on how it has been used and how it has worked for the children – the prerequisite for building a good product. Schools just have to register an interest (details below) before September 30 and take part in two online questionnaires over the course of the year. And there is no obligation to continue with the service when the year is up.
There's only one free subscription per school but these cover the whole school and home access for pupils too.
'We are using the power of technology to bring revision alive'
Rising Stars managing director Andrea Carr (pictured right) explained: “Rising Stars’ very first products were two revision books – Achieve Level 5 Maths and Achieve Level 5 English. Published in 2002 they filled a gap for teachers and children, helping them meet the increased demands of the National Tests in Year 6, explaining new higher-level curriculum content in a way that was fresh and accessible.
“Fourteen years on, Achieve Online has been created for the Year 6 teachers and children that we still know so well. But this time we are using the power of technology to bring revision alive and to help children deal with tricky concepts in a way that we could only dream of in 2002. As ever for us, feedback from schools is essential so we have made it free for the first year, so as many schools as possible can try and it and let us know what they think.”
The new online service is full of exercises and animated tutorials designed to show children how to answer national test-style questions. They aim to build up children’s confidence for the tests through extensive interactive practice and quizzes. And they provide teachers with tools to personalise revision for all pupils, and a simple dashboard for reporting.
Achieve Online has also been designed to help give parents the confidence to support their children when they revise maths at home, showing them how to answer each type of national test-style question correctly.
The service has now been launched and schools wanting to participate just have to sign up (the final deadline is September 30)
Achieve Online Mathematics website
From October 1 2016, schools can still try Achieve Online free of charge for 30 days