WRM Reception Jigsaw Trial in Partnership the EEF


White Rose Maths has been selected by the Education Endowment Foundation to trial their brand new Reception professional development package. The trial aims to measure the impact of the WRM Reception Jigsaw on children’s mathematical understanding.

As part of the Early Years Professional Development Round, the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) has partnered with the Department for Education to test projects that support professional development of practitioners in the early years. Maths CPD was identified as a priority in this round, as an area in which less evidence has been generated to date. Research suggests that high quality early numeracy education in the early years can have long lasting effects which may help narrow the gap in achievement throughout life.

Based on our Jigsaw training model, which has already produced excellent results in primary schools across the UK and beyond, White Rose Maths will provide professional development training targeting maths improvement at the Reception stage. The training will focus on key principles, pedagogy and subject knowledge delivered by their experienced maths specialists, and will include gap tasks and school visits with bespoke support for Reception practitioners.

The Reception trial will consist of:
• 5 in-depth CPD sessions which build up over the year to provide a coherent picture of effective teaching and learning in early maths.
• 5 half day visits from an early years specialist to support Reception teachers in developing effective practice in their own setting.
• Gap tasks, professional development videos and journals will support practitioners on their journey.

Commenting on White Rose Maths’ successful selection, Lead Maths Specialist, Jane Brown said, “We’re thrilled that the EEF have chosen to trial the White Rose Maths Reception Jigsaw as part of their research into early maths CPD. We can’t wait to start recruiting schools to participate in this wonderful opportunity to improve the quality of maths teaching, and children’s outcomes in Reception.”

Caroline Hamilton, Head of White Rose Maths, adds “As an organisation our aim is to improve maths education and the life chances of young people. We believe that a firm foundation in mathematics opens doors for the next generation, we believe that Maths: Everyone Can! We are extremely proud of what we have already achieved and are excited for this next chapter, where we will get the chance to evaluate our impact.”

Recruitment of schools has now begun in readiness for the start the project in September 2020. Our next recruitment events will be held in the North and South of England:

Tuesday 3rd March 2020, 4 pm – 6 pm – Trinity Academy Halifax, West Yorkshire
Monday 9th March 2020, 4 pm – 5.30 pm – WEBINAR
Monday 16th March 2020, 4 pm – 5.30 pm – WEBINAR
Thursday 26th March 2020, 4 pm – 6 pm – Trinity Academy Halifax, West Yorkshire

Click here to learn more about the EEF Reception professional development trial and register an interest!

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