The 5Rs approach to GCSE Maths Resits

What is 'The 5Rs approach'?

‘The 5Rs - a revision year approach to GCSE Maths resits’ is a Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) project that aims to support students re-sitting their GCSEs to improve their attainment. 

The programme content is built on the 40 most common topics in GCSE exams and common exam pitfalls.  The programme also introduces students to alternative methods for undertaking common but tricky calculations, such as multiplying numbers and adding fractions.

How can your college/school get involved?

We are looking for 80 colleges/schools (settings) in England to take part in the trials. The evaluation will involve randomly selecting 40 out of the 80 settings to deliver the 5Rs approach, with the other half continuing with “business as usual” for the whole academic year (2019/2020).

The Evaluation Team will use setting and student information provided by settings, including GCSE scores and information from the National Pupil Database (KS2), to assess any impact of the intervation on attainment.

Settings will not be eligible if any of the following apply:

  •   They operate roll-on roll-off recruitment of students.
  •   They are involved in the Maths for Life trial funded by EEF.
  •   They or their staff have previously been trained in or used the 5Rs programme, including accessing the 5Rs materials available on the AQA website.
  •   They have been selected as a Centre for Excellence in Maths (you are eligible if you are in the network for a centre)

To apply:

Please download the 5Rs approach memorandum of understanding (MoU) and the settings infomation sheet for further information and the full terms and conditions. If your setting is eligible and would like to take part, please complete and sign the form which can be found on page 6 of the MoU. Signed forms should be returned to Trials will begin in the new academic year.