Schoolzone | Little Wandle review by Ruth Nutton-Jones

Little Wandle review by Ruth Nutton-Jones

Date: 27.04.2022

Review subject: Phonics

Phase: Primary

Reviewer: Ruth Nutton-Jones, Deputy head

  • City LA maintained school 438 pupils in Manchester
  • Ofsted rating: Requires improvement
  • FSM: 37%


Review rating:

Average rating across all Little Wandle reviews: 3.6/5


How well does it match the curriculum?

Brilliantly: There is more content (eg support / extension activities) than we expected

The cpd in particular is outstanding


How well does it support your school’s inclusion/diversity/equal opportunities policy?

Well: The content is inclusive and sensitively presented

We would still like more support for some SEND children and for transience (NIAs)


How well does it support differentiation for the full range of the classes you use it with?

Well: A large majority of resources are suitably differentiated for pupils

Lots of support for the teacher with differentiation


How well does it engage and motivate pupils?

Well: Pupils generally enjoy using it and tend to welcome doing so

It is simple and easy for the children to know what is coming


How well supported is it by accompanying formative assessments?

Brilliantly: We could (or do) use it for monitoring pupils or classes, for gap analysis or to inform intervention strategies

Great resources


How well does it support planning?

Brilliantly: It has everything you could need and is straightforward to use with classes

All there for teachers


How well does it support home use / independent learning?

Well: Pupils could be expected to use this at home or independently, with a minimum amount of support or additional resources

As yet we haven't fully utilised this section


How would you rate it for value for money compared to similar resources?

Reasonably: It represents about the same value for money as similar resources I’ve seen

It is expensive but provides lots of resource for that money.


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