CoachBright Primary

Charles Dickens Primary will evaluate what effect the CoachBright / Learning by Questions six-week mathematics coaching programme has on higher prior-attaining Year 6 pupil premium pupils’ mathematical skills, confidence, motivation and attainment.


Southwark is the 17th most deprived borough in the country. Research shows that there is an enduring gap between the performance of deprived pupils and their peers across the UK. Pupils eligible for free school meals (FSM) perform less well compared to their non-eligible counterparts. The gap in performance is largest for maths (12.3 percentage points in 2018 and 8.4 in 2017).


This project enables six schools to each identify two groups of four underachieving Year 6 pupil premium (PP) pupils (eight pupils in total in each school) with higher to middle prior-attainment to benefit from the CoachBright support programme before their SATs tests in May 2019 (not pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) who are significantly underachieving due to an identified need).

Pupils work in small groups with a university student as a coach for six weekly sessions of an hour. The topics in the six-week programme match the Year 6 curriculum and address common difficulties in Year 6 SATs tests. The Learning by Questions app is used to carry out a quick assessment of knowledge and understanding in relation to the chosen topic at the start of the session. It is also used to identify practice questions for use during the session and as follow up homework for the pupils.

Lead school

  • Charles Dickens Primary, Southwark

Year levels

  • Year 6


  • Maths


  • 9 months

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