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.

The trial began in October 2018, and will run until July 2020.  A randomised control trial, it involves 60 intervention schools and 59 control schools across the country.