Case Studies

Firthmoor Primary School's adoption of GAPS, PiRA and PUMA

Mrs Dixon described the tests as attractive and child-friendly, but crucially, also well-matched to the layout of SATs papers. The school has used other assessment materials which lack the child-friendly layout of PiRA and PUMA, and pupils are turned off from the start. The PiRA tests offer a good range of texts and questions.

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High Street Primary School's adoption of GAPS, PiRA and PUMA

The standardised scores are very similar to the scaled score, and they correlate well with SATs outcomes. Generally, if they score 100 or higher in the spring they tend to achieve a scaled score of 100 or above in their SATs.

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Long Crendon School discusses GAPS, PiRA and PUMA

The tests have been the most useful investment we’ve made, certainly in terms of assessment, in the eight years I’ve led the school.

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Melbury Primary School’s experience using GAPS, PiRA and PUMA

Like many schools, when the new National Curriculum was introduced, we were looking for a clear and straight forward way of showing pupil progress. Because the tests generate a standardised score, we would be able track this from test to test and immediately see whether the score was going up, down or staying the same. Because the tests have a consistent format, ensuring pupils have the same test ‘experience’ time on time, and the tests are internally consistent, each pupil should get approximately the same result in each test.  

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How ARK use standardised testing to support teacher understanding

Three times a year, each year group in key stage 1 and key stage 2 sit standardised reading (PIRA) and maths (PUMA) tests which are provided by RS Assessment from Hodder Education. The results are collected alongside a teacher-assessed writing task. These insights can then be used to design interventions and strategies to narrow the gaps in learning.

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How Long Crendon School are using PiRA

We can now make comparisons with the national picture and identify progress. Staff feel more secure in their judgements with the data to inform them.

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How PiRA is benefiting St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

Chris Caffrey, Senior Teacher and Year 6 Teacher at St Joseph's Catholic Primary School in Birmingham, got in touch with us about how beneficial his school have found the PiRA tests.

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How PiRA and PUMA are helping students to achieve their potential at Hiltop Primary Academy

We have recently become an academy and are working closely with our colleagues in the other schools within our new Trust to ensure that all children achieve their potential.

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St Barnabas School and GAPS, PiRA and PUMA

The addition of the PiRA, PUMA and GAPS... allows us to compare pupil progress at both an individual level and also against a nationally referenced standard.

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Moortown Primary School’s experience using GAPS and PiRA

GAPS is particularly good for analysing individual and whole class performance against specific curriculum statements, so you can see where children are falling.

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Stanion Church of England Primary School’s adoption of GAPS, PiRA and PUMA

Many of the pupils come from the adjacent town where there are high levels of social deprivation and complex socio-economic needs, so it’s important that there’s no pressure on the children. Because the tests are brightly coloured and child friendly, we find that many of the pupils get quite excited about doing them.

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East Midlands Academy Trust's adoption of PiRA and PUMA

The tests have provided the framework around which the MAT has based their assessment strategy. And while Katy concedes that ‘there is no such thing as a perfect test’ they believe that, coupled with teacher observations and low stakes daily Assessment for Learning, they are able to create a holistic picture of pupils’ progress. Crucially, Ofsted supports this view.

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