The 5Rs approach to GCSE Resits

What is 'The 5Rs approach'?

‘The 5Rs - a revision year approach to GCSE Maths resits’ is a manualised intervention which aims to support students re-sitting their GCSEs to improve their attainment. It consists of both a set lesson structure and lesson content, and three short initial diagnostic tests, which are used to determine where a student is currently sitting in terms of ability.

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

Teachers receive an initial day’s training which outlines the methods and the theory behind the approach and are expected to begin the lessons straightaway. This is followed by two catch up days in each of the following terms. Students will also have access to a suite of online resources and are encouraged to practice outside of lesson time.

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).

  • 5Rs Approach: Delivery is on a whole class basis. Teachers will be asked to use 5Rs in every lesson for the full academic year. For the purposes of the project, there is no cost to settings allocated to this approach, and to thank you for providing the necessary data you will receive a thank you payment of £300.

  • ‘Business as usual’ Approach: Settings in the control group will be asked to continue with usual teaching of GCSE maths resit students in 2019/2020. As a token of our appreciation for your setting’s participation, your setting will receive a thank you payment of £750.

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 Maths Centre of Excellence

To apply:

Please download the 5Rs approach memorandum of understanding (MoU) for 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.