Mathematics in Key Stage 3 is changing, as more schools focus on the development of mastery, and prepare for a new emphasis at GCSE in solving non-routine problems.  Some schools are moving to mixed ability teaching, while others are providing a combination of setted and mixed ability teaching. Teachers recognise that Key Stage 3 is crucial for laying the foundations for GCSE success.

Realistic Mathematics Education (RME) offers a number of benefits in this context, and the Realistic Maths Education trial will support Key Stage 3 teachers to use RME materials across Years 7 and 8 to enable students to engage with mathematics, whatever their current attainment level. It is funded by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and led by a Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) team with several years’ experience of designing and developing RME materials in Key Stages 3, 4 and 5.

This RME trial is a randomised control trial involving 60 intervention schools and 59 control schools across England. The trial began in October 2018, and was scheduled to run until July 2020. Given the disruption due to COVID-19, the trial has been extended into the 2020/21 school year. It is now scheduled to end in Spring 2021 and will report following that.