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As far as most parents are concerned, moving from primary to secondary school is a traumatic transition in their parental psyche. Their little darling is leaving ‘little school’, moving to ‘big school’ and growing up fast – it won’t be long before they are independent, moody teenagers! So being ‘secondary ready’ for parents means: have we got all the correct uniform, PE kit and stationery checked off the school’s uniform and equipment list? Yes. My child is now ready for secondary school.

In May 2016, nationally, Year 6 pupils took their SAT tests based on the new (2014) curriculum. Gone was the familiar eight-level assessment scale, understood by everyone from parents and pupils to teachers in both the primary and secondary sector. In its place, results are now based on scaled scores, with a score of 100 representing the expected level of achievement for Year 6 pupils nationally, but with many people left uncertain what the elusive 100 means.

June 2016 saw all the national news stations open their programmes with the breaking news that official results were showing that 53% of all Year 6 pupils had achieved the expected standard. However, this left children, parents, teachers and Joe Public feeling deflated and despondent – 47% had therefore not achieved the expected standard. ‘Not secondary ready’ now had new connotations for parents, with far greater ramifications than whether their children had got all their uniform and equipment in place. Now they were faced with the more worrying question: how will my child catch up?

For all ‘not secondary ready’ Year 7 pupils, this ‘catch-up’ period will now be the responsibility of secondary schools. It is just another form of accountability, targeted intervention and increased workload placed on the shoulders of teachers and secondary schools.

Schools will need to look for cost-effective and successful means of delivering this ‘catch-up’ type of targeted intervention as they only have until Christmas to do it before the pupils are re-tested. SAM Learning should be an integral part of this ‘catch-up’ programme. The one question all our schools should be asking us is: can we use SAM Learning for targeted intervention? The simple answer is: yes. And we’re ready to show you how!  Feel free to contact us today!

September to December 2016 will be exciting months for SAM Learning and all our schools. All our employees will be there to help, support and guide schools through this period. We are committed to helping all our young learners achieve their maximum potential through using SAM Learning and helping to ease the burden placed on teachers.

How will we do that? While most pupils and their teachers were on their summer break, we at SAM Learning were working tirelessly to ensure that once the schools began their new academic year they could look to us with confidence, knowing that we would have strategies in place to support them:

  • We have employed extra staff to meet schools’ expectations of support;
  • New Target Intervention folders will be available on the site for pupils working below 100 in English and Maths. Both folders will contain activities that can be assigned to pupils and which will consolidate and reinforce the knowledge and skills needed to help them become ‘secondary ready’;
  • Extra targeted intervention training for teachers who need to deliver this ‘catch-up’ will be given either remotely (via a number of secure online options including join.me and Skype) or, where there are large numbers of staff involved, via on-site training.  All training from SAM Learning is free of charge, always have been and always will be:
  • New reports will be available for tracking and monitoring this targeted intervention and as evidence;
  • As BETT 2016 Winner: Best Secondary Digital Content there is no one better placed in the market to help you deliver your ‘catch-up’ targeted intervention programme than SAM Learning.

For more information on how SAM Learning perfectly supports your school with Targeted Intervention or to request a 15 minute online demonstration please call 0845 130 4160 or click here: