26 Jan Glasgow
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We’ve been using 123maths since Jan 2012 and have got a 25 user licence at the moment. We identify which children need extra support and think that 123maths is a good overlay and tool which brings the skills on board. In Primary 2 we undertake an in-depth screening programme and target children that need support. We start using the physical book of Plus 1 during Primary 3 as we think the children benefit from the personal element. After that we then make a decision on whether some children move on to the Power of 2 book or onto the online 123maths. Some children may still need the personal element that they get from using the books and therefore 123maths may not be appropriate for them. For those that do use 123maths the children have independence and responsibility, it is less intrusive, as we don’t have to take the children out of class. The children enjoy using 123maths. They are given time to work on 123maths and then they go back to their seat. It’s much subtler and independent and the children have more responsibility; the children also have the opportunity of using it at home. We open up the IT suite at 8.30am so the children can come and undertake their homework (especially if they don’t have a computer at home). We are a data rich authority and so we don’t feel the need to use the assessments, targets or report features. We just use the reports to check-up how the children are going on. We have other structures in place to monitor evidence. The staff feel that the children, after using 123maths, can now attack higher aspects of their maths.