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Every Child Counts

Every Child Counts

Data published on 13 March 2009 shows that in the first term of the Every Child Counts programme, children have made an average of 12 months progress over three months with just 20 hours tuition. This means they are progressing at four times the expected rate.

The Every Child Counts programme is aimed at Year 2 primary pupils who have fallen behind their peers. The programme aims to enable the lowest attaining children to make sufficient progress to reach expected levels of attainment at Key Stage 1 and beyond. It provides training and support for teachers so they can work with pupils in one-to-one and/or small group intervention sessions. Pupils receive daily intervention sessions for approximately a term.

Every Child Counts is in the first year of a two-year development phase before rolling out nationally in 2010-11. By this stage the programme aims to support approximately 30 000 children a year. The Government is working in partnership with the Every Child a Chance Trust in planning, developing and delivering the programme.

Numbers Count: Term 1 report

Numbers Count: First Term Report for All Schools reports on outcomes from the first term of the new Numbers Count intervention, delivered between September 2008 and January 2009. Numbers Count forms the core part of the two-year developmental phase of the Every Child Counts programme.

  • 805 children received Numbers Count support in 210 schools and across 26 local authorities. 
  • 789 children had completed their Numbers Count programme by January 2009.
  • Children received an average of 40 half-hour one-to-one lessons over a 13-week period.
  • They moved from an average initial 'Number Age' of 5 years 8 months on entry to 6 years 8 months on exit, making 12 months of progress.
  • They made an average gain of 14 standardised score points.
  • On a survey of their confidence and attitudes towards mathematics, they moved from an average initial total score of 49 to a score of 61 at the end of their programmes, making an average gain of 23 per cent.

You can download a full copy of the report here.

You can find out more about the programme here.

Published: 13 March 2009



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