School to School Support – Case Studies

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Tidal can support individual or groups of schools through various brokerage mechanisms, this could be through MATs, Local Authorities or DfE support grants.  The projects outlined below outline a few examples.

If you are interested in working alongside Tidal TSA please contact office@tidalschools.co.uk for more information.

Developing Mastery to transform attainment and progress in maths

Type of Support: S2S

Funded through: School Standards Improvement Fund (SSIF – Round 2)

In late 2017 Tidal TSA and Riding Forward TSA (based at Molescroft Primary School) collaborated in submitting a joint SSIF bid to raise attainment and progress in mathematics across the region.  A bid was submitted for to support 17 schools whose progress and attainment within mathematics were low in either 2016 or 2017 at KS2. Contextually, the area around Hull and the East Riding is very mixed, from large urban primary schools with high levels of deprivation, to small village schools with low levels of deprivation. However, progress within mathematics at KS2 has historically been very low in all of the 17 schools targeted for support.

In Spring 2018 it was announced that the bid had been successful and over £350,000 had been awarded to support the mathematics work across the school.  A large portion of this money was spent on securing the Maths No Problem books and resources for each child in the 17 schools.  However, this resource was only introduced following siginificant support around teaching pedagogy and mastery within each school. Funding was also set aside to support disadvantaged pupils to help close the gap with their peers.

The work is creating it’s own sustainability through new networks and relationships between schools.  Each school has been allocated their own SLE to support them through the year and support and develop each member of staff in the project schools.  Regular quality assurance visits were carried out across the project schools ensuring consistency of application and continued commitment from each partner.

The final success of the project will be measured in June 2019, when the KS2 outcomes are published to each school.  However, through strong links with TSAs project schools have been able to access support and resources they wouldn’t ordinarily have had access to.