Learning with Parents and Mathematics Mastery

Learning with Parents exists because not all children have a fair shot at education in the UK. This is down to several different factors, one of which is parental engagement. They exist to support all families to have positive learning interactions together. 

As a charity whose mission it is to empower teachers to give every young person the subject knowledge and skills that will allow them to succeed, it made sense for Ark Curriculum Plus, and in particular Mathematics Mastery, to partner with Learning with Parents and do everything we can to ensure that parents are also equipped with the knowledge and skills to allow their children to succeed.

So, can this approach really work? Can we engage parents to
support and enrich learning that has happened at school? 

Schools that are using both of our programmes were surveyed to find out.

1. 87% of parents agreed that they are now more confident with supporting their child effectively with maths.

One teacher agrees that “parents now know how to engage and what’s expected. They’re more
confident
.”

One of the key issues that that is very often fed back to teachers is that when parents try to support their pupils at home but are not familiar with the methods that pupils are now taught or are not familiar with language used. This can create an additional barrier and very often confuse both the parents and the children and end up being counterproductive and can indeed knock the parents’ confidence.

By using Maths with Parents, parents and carers are given the language used and have short videos
to show them the methods pupils will have been introduced to in school, leaving no room for ambiguity. This ensures the learning at home reinforces the exact same learning that has already taken place at school and 87% of teachers agreed that this helps their pupils embed their understanding of the topics at a greater level. 

2. Another very common issue often encountered in schools, is when parents have negative attitudes to maths and would say things, such as, ‘I was never any good at maths’ or ‘I always hated maths and could never do it.’ Children inevitably pick up on this negative language and attitude and think that maths is now a ‘gene’ that has passed down to them and they also ‘can’t do maths.’

By engaging with a home learning programme and giving parents the tools they need to engage with their children, attitudes can change and schools can empower parents to understand the power of their words and attitudes on their own children.

Amanda Marsh at St Wilfrid’s Catholic Primary Schools says “The Learning with Parents programme videos allows parents hear and see how we model and represent the maths in lessons without having to attend training for each new maths topic!. They can also hear and use the language with the maths at home that the children are familiar with at school. I have had parents feedback to me that it helped them see clearly and quickly how things were different but showed them how it was now taught so took some of the difficulty away at home because they didn’t have to rely on ‘how they were taught’ and could follow the simple demonstration in the video.”

3. Very often it is school policy that homework is set for pupils. This can often act as an additional ‘task’ for teachers, as most curriculum programmes or schemes do not provide set homework activities directly linked to the learning in school. Teachers very often resort to searching free websites to download and print worksheets that often had a very ‘loose’ link to the learning that was happening in school or even worse, there can often be a set homework activity book where pupils complete one page a night. In this case, this becomes an activity for the sake of homework and the value of what they were learning or consolidating often became irrelevant.

Where a school has a homework policy, it is therefore vital that the teachers are given the tools they need to be able to provide valuable home-learning experiences for pupils so that learning can be enriched further.

Of the teachers surveyed, 71% agreed that having an aligned home-learning solution to Mathematics Mastery supported their planning and teaching and 75% reported that less of their planning time was needed to set meaningful homework with Maths with Parents in comparison to when they were not using the programme.

We asked Amanda if using both Maths Mastery and Learning with Parents has supported teachers with their workload around home learning: “For us it does 100%. Homework is so simple and easy. And it lasts for 2 weeks which is roughly the same as the units we teach in school. It is reassuring to know that the language structures and vocabulary are aligned with Maths Mastery so the children and parents can use this at home with confidence. Also the fact that it is not necessarily a written or ‘complete a sheet of equations’ task explores the real life aspects of maths or consolidates the learning in a game scenario or role play all of which are valuable to broaden the experience of maths and hopefully support engagement of both children and adults in the home! It also allows anyone to complete the work with the child – not just a parent.”

It therefore makes sense that schools who believe in the power of homework, to reinforce and consolidate the learning happening in school, aim to choose a fully aligned programme with their main curriculum programme.

Limited places available at subsidised rate

 

Research by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) found that pupils in primary schools adopting the Mathematics Mastery programme made more progress than those at a similar level in other schools. In fact, after just one year on the programme, Key Stage 1 pupils made on average two months’ additional  progress.

 

 

The EEF believe so strongly in the positive impact of Mathematics Mastery Primary, they are providing support for more schools to join the programme. Key Stage 1 of our tailored tier is available for £1110 — usually £5550! (Terms and conditions apply).

 

 

To find out more about the Learning with Parents programme visit our website or book a call to chat to our Programme Director.

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We know that supporting children’s learning at home is not always easy for families and we are currently working with your child’s school to gather insights into the barriers parents face to engaging in their child’s learning. These insights will help us develop our programme so that we can support all parents.

We are running parent voice workshops to gather feedback from parents and carers. The insights provided will be used by Learning with Parents to make improvements to our platform and shared with other organisations working in education to strengthen practices. A publication written based on the insights from these discussions will be available on the Learning with Parents website.

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Terms and Conditions

PARTIES

(1) LEARNING WITH PARENTS a registered charity (CIO) in England and Wales with charity number 1189812 whose registered office is Newminster House, Bristol, BS1 1LT (Company);

(2) Your school or setting (School);

WHEREAS

(A) The Company has developed a programme to motivate and empower parents to engage in their child’s learning.

(B) The School wishes to use the Company’s programme to help their children and families.

(C) The Company has agreed to grant access to sections of its website to the relevant school staff and families.

(D) The Company has agreed to provide and the School has agreed to pay for access to the Company’s website on the terms and conditions of this Agreement.

IT IS HEREBY AGREED AS FOLLOWS

1. Definitions

The definitions and rules of interpretation in this clause apply in this Agreement:

  • “Initial Price” is the price for the Initial Subscription Term. This is calculated by the “Price Calculation”.
  • “Initial Subscription Term” means the initial term which shall begin on the date this contract is entered into and end after one calendar year.
  • “Intellectual Property Rights” means patents, rights to inventions, copyright and related rights, trade marks and service marks, business names and domain names, goodwill and the right to sue for passing off or unfair competition, rights in designs, database rights, rights to use, and protect the confidentiality of, confidential information (including know-how) and all other intellectual property rights, in each case whether registered or unregistered and including all applications and rights to apply for and be granted, renewals or extensions of, and rights to claim priority from, such rights and all similar or equivalent rights or forms of protection which subsist or will subsist now or in the future in any part of the world.
  • “Learning with Parents Package” means a section of the Company’s website personalised for the School that contains the Videos provided by the Company via the Website or any other website notified to the School by the Company from time to time.
  • “Ongoing Price” means the price for the applicable Ongoing Subscription Term calculated by the Company. This will be shared with the school at least 30 days prior to the renewal date. It is dependent on the number of classes whose parents or carers are offered access to the Learning with Parents Package, as reported by the School in accordance with clause 4.5 below.
  • “Ongoing Subscription Term” means the term which shall begin at the end of the previous Subscription Term and last for one year.
  • “Permitted Users” means the School’s current staff, and parents and carers of pupils currently at the School, in each case as at the applicable time of use.
  • “Price” means, in respect of the Initial Subscription Term, the Initial Price or the Ongoing Price, in respect of the applicable Ongoing Subscription Term.
  • “Price Calculation” means the value calculated using the formula agreed upon initial sign-up, or updated upon renewal.
  • “Subscription Term” means the Initial Subscription Term or the Ongoing Subscription Term, as applicable.
  • “Videos” means the videos provided within the Learning with Parents Package which consist of short clips of children explaining school techniques and are supported by related activities that parents can complete with their child.
  • “Website” means mathswithparents.com, learningwithparents.com, learningwithparents.org, englishwithparents.com or any subdomain of those domains, as appropriate.

2. Learning with Parents Package

In consideration of the School paying the applicable Price to the Company (in accordance with clause 5 below) the Company grants the School a nonexclusive, non-transferable, revocable licence to access, and to allow the Permitted Users to access, the Learning with Parents Package during the Subscription Term.

3. Company’s Obligations

Subject to payment by the School of the Price (in accordance with clause 5 below), and compliance by the School with its obligations under clause 4 below, the Company agrees to:

3.1 provide the Learning with Parents Package to the School and use reasonable endeavours to ensure it can be accessed by the Permitted Users at all reasonable times.

3.2 work with the School to support increased parental engagement

4. School’s Obligations

4.1 provide the Company with such information and materials as the Company may reasonably require to supply the Learning with Parents Package and ensure that such information is accurate in all material respects;

4.2 ensure that only the Permitted Users use the Learning with Parents Package and that they do so inaccordance with the terms and conditions of this Agreement;

4.3 allow the use of the School’s name and logo on the Company’s website and marketing materials;

4.4 no later than 30 days prior to each Subscription Term, provide an accurate estimate of the number of classes whose parents or carers will be offered access to the Learning with Parents Package.

5. Payment

5.1 The Company shall invoice the School up to 30 days prior to the start of each Subscription Term, or earlier if requested by the School, in respect of the Initial price or Ongoing Price, as applicable.

5.2 The School agrees to pay each invoice submitted by the Company within 30 days of the date of the invoice to the account specified in the invoice.

6. Intellectual Property Rights

6.1 No part of the Website including but not limited to the Learning with Parents Package and Videos may be reproduced, distributed or transmitted in any form or by any means to anyone other than the Permitted Users without the prior express written consent of the Company.

6.2 The School acknowledges and agrees that the Company owns all Intellectual Property Rights in the Website, the Learning with Parents Package and the Videos and except as expressly stated herein, this Agreement does not grant the School any rights to or in such Intellectual Property Rights.

6.3 The School shall promptly give notice in writing to the Company in the event that it becomes aware of any infringement of any Intellectual Property Rights owned by the Company.

7. Termination

7.1 Without limiting its other rights or remedies each party may terminate this Agreement with immediate effect by giving written notice to the other party if:

7.1.1 the other party commits a material breach of its obligations under this Agreement and (if such breach is remediable) fails to remedy the breach within 30 days after receipt of notice in writing to do so; or

7.1.2 the other party’s financial position deteriorates to such an extent that its capability to adequately fulfil its obligations under the Agreement has been placed in jeopardy.

7.2 Without limiting its other rights or remedies the Company may terminate this Agreement with immediate effect if the School fails to pay any amount due under this Agreement on the due date for payment.

7.3 If the Agreement is terminated pursuant to this clause 7 during a Subscription Term, there will be no refund to the School of the amount of any Price paid by the School in respect of that Subscription Term.

8. Renewal

At the end of each Subscription Term, this Agreement shall automatically renew for one additional year as an Ongoing Subscription Term unless written notice of non-renewal is provided to the Company by the School at least 30 days prior to the expiration of the then-current Subscription Term.

9. Indemnity

The School shall indemnify the Company for any loss suffered by the Company as a result of the School breaching its obligations under this Agreement.

10. Variation

No variation of this Agreement shall be effective unless it is in writing and signed by the parties (or their authorised representatives).

11. Entire Agreement

11.1 This Agreement constitutes the entire Agreement between the parties and supersedes all previous agreements, arrangements and understandings between them, whether written or oral, relating to its subject matter.

11.2 Each party agrees that it shall have no remedies in respect of any statement, representation, assurance or warranty (whether made innocently or negligently) that is not set out in this Agreement.

11.3 Each party agrees that it shall have no claim for innocent or negligent misrepresentation or negligent misstatement based on any statement in this Agreement.

12. Assignments

Neither party shall assign, transfer, subcontract, or deal in any other manner with any or all of its rights and obligations under this Agreement without the prior written consent of the other party.

13. Counterparts

This Agreement may be executed in any number of counterparts, each of which when executed shall constitute a duplicate original, but all the counterparts shall together constitute the one agreement.

14. Third Party Rights

This Agreement does not confer any rights on any person or party other than the parties to this Agreement and where applicable their successors and permitted assigns pursuant to the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999.

15. Governing Law

This Agreement and any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with it or its subject matter or formation (including non-contractual disputes or claims) shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the law of England and Wales.

16. Jurisdiction

Each party irrevocably agrees that the courts of England and Wales shall have exclusive jurisdiction to settle any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with this Agreement or its subject matter or formation (including non-contractual disputes or claims).

The parties acknowledge that they have read and understand this Agreement and voluntarily accept the duties and obligations set forth herein.