Schoolzone | review by Gemma review by Gemma

Date: 29.04.2022

Review subject: English

Phase: Primary

Reviewer: Gemma, Deputy head

  • Urban Academy 226 pupils (oversubscribed) in Stockport (oversubscribed)
  • Ofsted rating: Good
  • FSM: 2.8%


Review rating:

Average rating across all reviews: 4/5


How well does it match the curriculum?

Well: It covers the curriculum as well as we expected

There are more resources it seems for ks2 than KS1, but plenty to go at.



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

Ability to set across all year groups is helpful


How well does it engage and motivate pupils?

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

It does become repetitive but generally the pupils like it and can access independently.


How well supported is it by accompanying formative assessments?

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

Easy to use for formative assessments


How well does it support planning?

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

Tasks easy to set linked to planning


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 know how to access and can do this independently at home. Self-marking makes it great for homework.


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

Really reasonably priced for the resource


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