What is the Mathematical Reasoning programme?
The EEF is an independent grant-making charity dedicated to breaking the link between family income and educational achievement. The EEF funds a range of projects across England that it believes have the potential to raise attainment amongst disadvantaged pupils, and evaluate their impact through robust and independent evaluations.
The EEF funds both:
• efficacy trials which aim to see whether an intervention can work under ideal or developer-led conditions in a large number (e.g. ten or more) schools.
• Effectiveness trials which aim to test whether the intervention can work at scale in a large
number (e.g. 40 or more) schools, where the developers are no longer the only deliverers.
The EEF Project is designed to last for 10 to 12 weeks with Y2 children receiving one hour of instruction per week as one of their normal mathematics lessons. This is supported by simple computer games which can be played online in school, or at home. Teachers in intervention schools attend a day of training aimed at introducing them to the programmes, explaining the concepts, and allowing them to explorethe learning activities for themselves. Through our hub the Work Group leads will each recruit twenty schools to participate in the project. The Work Group Leaders would either be Year 2 teachers or people able to use the materials with a Year 2 group, preferably school based, and able to commit to a long term project.
The focus of the lessons is on quantitative reasoning—understanding the relations between numbers and being able to use them to solve problems. Four types of quantitative reasoning are explored: inversion; additive reasoning; multiplication and one-to-many correspondence; and division and sharing. The approach would be very much in sympathy with teaching primary mathematics for mastery.