Our research

(smile) the good news

Our research is showing that timely practice does significantly increase the attainment of low attaining learners.

  • The 3 year trial involves classes from 2 consecutive years, each over the 2 year period of their GCSE course.
  • Learners from the lowest attaining set close the learning gap, and in many cases over take their peers in the set above within a year.
  • Lesley Goddard is in the last stages of gaining her EdWard. Here is her research proposal which has been accepted and a 2 page summary
Research ProposalSummary


(sad) not so good news

A valid criticism of our research is the small sample size. 

This year we are working on rectifying this as follows:

  • we are working with Y7 and Y9 "nurture" classes in another school, - so at the end of 2019-20 will be able to compare the approximately 15 students in each year with the approximately 40 students from the 2 classes in the set above, unfortunately the data for this trial will be incomplete, due to school closure.
  • we are working with 3 classes within another school using timely practice to teach GCSE retake classes. The school is part of a 4 school sixth form consortium so we will be able to compare the progress with other classes.
  • we are working with Y9, Y10 and Y11 classes in an alternative provision school - each with a maximum class size of 12 students. We will be unable to compare like with like. We may be able to compare the progress each class makes during the year with the progress of prior cohorts. 

(wink) help us collect more data

We still offering free trials, 

  • in the academic year 2019-20 for retention of learning during school closure, there will be little comparative data we can collect 

  • in the academic year 2020-21 in exchange for comparative data for the following categories:-
    • short intervention course (outside of timetable) compared with regular maths teaching in maths lessons 
    • a 1 term trial comparing retained learning gain with business as usual lessons and 1 cycle of timely practice 
    • a 2 term trial comparing retained learning gain with business as usual lessons and 2 cycles of timely practice

Each comparative data trial includes 

  • assessing current learning in the topics to be taught,
  • teaching some units using the school's existing teaching and assessment regimen,
  • teaching other units as advised by timely practice, and using timely practice to schedule regular retrieval practice,
  • assessing the retained learning 4 weeks after the last teaching/school's regular assessment of the units of the trial, and then calculating the retained learning gain.

The 1 term trial allows the topics allocated to timely practice to only be taught once.

The 2 term trial gives a better flavour of the spiral of gently rising expectation that timely practice uses. The topics allocated to timely practice will be taught twice, allowing 10 to 12 weeks between one teaching of a topic and the next.