Schoolzone | review by Elizabeth review by Elizabeth

Date: 29.04.2022

Review subject: SPAG

Phase: Primary

Reviewer: Elizabeth, Headteacher

  • Urban Academy 419 pupils in Bracknell Forest
  • Ofsted rating: Good
  • FSM: 9.7%


Review rating:

Average rating across all reviews: 4/5

A very well designed tool to help develop SPAG skills


How well does it match the curriculum?

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

An easy and enjoyable resource that pitches to the children. It’s easy to use as an educator and can help diagnose missing learning


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

Well: The content is inclusive and sensitively presented

I’ve not looked too closely as to range of names used nor contexts. This is something we look at regularly


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

Brilliantly: There is a wide enough range of resources to provide a good range of options for all pupils

Excellent ability to differentiate with questions


How well does it engage and motivate pupils?

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

Children really enjoy it


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

Really useful tool and closes gaps we may have from elsewhere


How well does it support planning?

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

It’s pretty much self run


How well does it support home use / independent learning?

Brilliantly: We’d have very few reservations about using this extensively to support home learning

Children can log in regularly


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

Brilliantly: It’s possibly the best value for money of any similar resources I’ve seen

Very cheap for output


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