What age does Maths Masters cater for?
Maths Masters syllabus reflects the national curriculum at Key Stage 1 and 2 but Maths Masters is an individualised programme, so development is more important than age. Each child progresses through the programme at their own rate. A child of 7 may be working on the same material as a child of 9 according to their own development.
Does Maths Masters provide support for Key Stage 3?
At the time of writing, Maths Masters is supporting a few students in Key Stage 3. These students will typically have joined late in Key Stage 2, and so still have some catch up to achieve on entering secondary school. The majority of our Maths Masters students are prepared to enter Key Stage 3 without further intervention. Having said this, we provide an individualised programme which addresses a child's needs rather than their Key Stage per se.
Why are students assessed on joining the programme?
We believe that correct assessment of students is crucial for developing confidence. If a student enters the programme at the correct level they will work through material that is aimed at developing the attainment they have demonstrated on assessment whilst not undermining confidence by presenting work which is too challenging. Therefore, each child is assessed on entering the programme to allocate them to a general level and to identify any gaps in their knowledge at that level. Thereafter, each student is assessed at the end of each level to ensure they are prepared and ready for the next level.
How are students motivated?
Students are motivated because they can see evidence of their own progress as they move through the levels. Accurate work is rewarded by stickers and mini prizes. There are quarterly prizes for effort, most improved, and outstanding academic progress. Certificates mark progression from one level to the next.
How much does it cost?
Maths Masters charges an assessment fee of £35 to cover tutor time and set up of materials for the individual child. If after the assessment the parent wishes to enrol the child, a monthly subscription is payable, one month in advance, with one month’s notice to leave after an initial three months. The subscription is currently £45 per month for Key Stage One. At Key Stage Two, the fees are £50 per month until year 5, when the sessions become hourly and and the rate applied is in consequence £60. In year 6, the fees are £70 per month due to the free provision of all practice SATS papers.
What happens if my child is sick, or on holiday?
The subscription is still payable, but the child may attend a back up session at a different centre subject to notice and availability, so that momentum is not lost if they are sick or have an engagement that prevents them from attending.
Will my child get homework?
We do not believe that children should be set homework from Maths Masters, unless we feel that your child is falling behind and this will be beneficial. They have homework from school, and additional work may put stress on the family and ultimately make the child less willing to apply themselves to their full ability. Exceptions may be made to this general rule during preparation for Year 6 SATS when children will be given practice papers to complete at home.
These will be reviewed by tutors to identify areas of weakness.
Why are the classes not structured around the school term?
We believe that incremental progress week by week can result in exceptional development of skills. Interruptions for half terms and longer holidays can seriously disrupt the rhythm of learning. Maths Masters can help to bridge the gap between school years when research shows students experience an annual deficit of several sub-levels of progress as measured by the national curriculum.
How long is each session?
The Maths Masters centres will be open for three hours, three times a week. The students attend for 45 or 60 minutes according to a time slot allocation which is designed to offer flexibility to parents and to ensure that if students are spread throughout the three hour period they will receive maximum individual attention. This system is open to adjustment if interest from different age groups is particularly polarized.