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Primary maths

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Strong Evidence of Effectiveness

At least one large or two small randomised studies with median ES= +0.20 or more.

Student Teams-Achievement Divisions (STAD)
Structured co-operative learning programme in which pupils work in four-member teams.
Type IP Available in UK Yes
Contact/ Website www.successforall.org.uk
(Product training provided)
Classwide Peer Tutoring
Pair learning approach in which children take turns as teacher and pupil.
Type IP Available in UK No
Contact/ Website Charles Greenwood, University of Kansas, greenwood@ku.edu
Missouri Mathematics Program
Programme focusing on active teaching, classroom management, and motivation.
Type IP Available in UK No
Contact/ Website Thomas Good, University of Arizona, good@u.arizona.edu
Peer Assisted Learning Strategies (PALS)
Structured pair learning strategy in which children take turns as teachers and learners.
Type IP Available in UK No
Contact/ Website US website: www.kc.vanderbilt.edu/pals (Teacher manuals can be ordered through this site)
TAI (Team Assisted Instruction) Math
Structured co-operative learning programme in which pupils work on individualised materials in four-member teams.
Type IP/MC Available in UK No
Contact/ Website US contact: Brent Farmer, Charlesbridge Publishing, bfarmer@charlesbridge.com

Moderate Evidence of Effectiveness

At least two large or four small studies (randomised and matched) with median ES= +0.20 or more.

Classworks
Supplementary integrated learning system.
Type ICT Available in UK No
Contact/ Website US website: www.curriculumadvantage.com
Cognitively Guided Instruction
Programme that provides teachers with workshops in maths strategies.
Type IP Available in UK No
Contact/ Website US contact Linda Levi, Teachers Development Group, llevi@wisc.edu
Connecting Math Concepts
Structured approach to maths with grouping by performance.
Type IP/MC Available in UK No
Contact/ Website US website: www.sraonline.com/math
Consistency Management & Cooperative Discipline
Programme that emphasises classroom management and pupil engagement.
Type IP Available in UK No
Contact/ Website US contact: Jerome Freiberg, University of Houston, cmcd@uh.edu
Project SEED
Supplementary programme that involves mathematicians teaching advanced maths topics, in addition to normal classes.
Type IP Available in UK No
Contact/ Website US website: www.projectseed.org US contact: Helen Smiler, National Projects Coordinator, HSmiler@ProjectSEED.org
Small-Group Tutoring
Provides tutoring in small groups for pupils struggling at age 6/7.
Type IP Available in UK No
Contact/ Website US contact: flora.murray@vanderbilt.edu (Request the "first-grade math tutoring manual")