Available exclusively from Renaissance, Focus Skills™ are—simply put—the building blocks of student learning. Based on extensive research into how learning progresses in reading and mathematics from Reception to Year 11, Focus Skills provide a roadmap for closing learning gaps as you move every student toward greater mastery.

— School Disruption Survey —

The findings of our recent survey revealed that over a quarter of teachers (27%) believe Covid-19 related disruption will be the biggest challenge this Autumn term. The research asked almost five hundred (472) senior school leaders, department heads, and teachers about their thoughts and concerns as the new school term got underway.

Covid-19 disruption such as closures and children isolating was cited as the largest expected challenges. In addition, addressing the attainment gap arising from Covid-19 disruption (20%) and the mental health of pupils (14%) followed as the next biggest expected challenges; as research revealed 73% of teachers believe pupil attainment levels have fallen because of national lockdowns.

At Renaissance, we believe that Focus Skills can help get students back on track by helping teachers focus on the reading and maths skills that matter most at each stage of primary and secondary education.

Michael Tidd, Headteacher, Schoolworks Academy Trust said: “Addressing the gaps caused by Covid-19 shouldn’t be about cramming in every single thing pupils ‘missed’. Tools like Focus Skills have helped us hone in on the most critical building blocks they need at each stage in their development. Combined with formative assessment, we’re able to paint a picture of each child’s growth rate and any core areas they’ve missed out on so we can then group children and deliver targeted interventions to catch up”.

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Focus Skills Teacher Workbooks now available to download FREE!

For the first time, we are offering all UK schools free access to the literacy and maths Focus Skills. Built by experts at the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER), and available from Star Reading and Star Maths assessments, these Teacher Workbooks are available to download as PDFs.


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Focus Skills are the foundational skills that are essential to advancing learning (i.e., concepts learners must master along the way in order to move to the next step), supporting the development of future skills (i.e., serve as strong prerequisites for skills to come), and/or reflecting the emphasis of the National Curriculum at that year level.


Learning progressions built for the national curriculum

Assessments tell you what your students know. Learning Progressions in reading and maths tell you what your students are ready to learn next.

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