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Power Maths review by Graeme Farquhar

Date: 27.04.2022

Review subject: Maths

Phase: Primary

Reviewer: Graeme Farquhar, Deputy head

  • City LA maintained school 907 pupils in Barking and Dagenham
  • Ofsted rating: Outstanding
  • FSM: 22.5%


Review rating:

Average rating across all Power Maths reviews: 3.5/5

More support for lower ability children needed


How well does it match the curriculum?

Well: It covers the curriculum as well as we expected

Covers everything


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

Well: The content is inclusive and sensitively presented

Involves a range of different ‘real life experiences’


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

Reasonably: Support for those who don’t quite get the concept. Needs more support for LPA chidlren


How well does it engage and motivate pupils?

Brilliantly: Pupils love using and are excited when they know they are going to do so

It’s very engaging


How well supported is it by accompanying formative assessments?

Well: We could (or do) use it for monitoring individual pupil progress

Our assessment is changing so it doesn’t quite align with our system.


How well does it support planning?

Well: It’s fairly self-contained and can be used with minimal preparation

It is well planned and very few changes are needed because it is whole class



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

Well: It’s worth the money and effort to introduce – more so than many similar resources I’ve seen. It’s fairly priced


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