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Proficiency in English receives strong support from teachers

English Mastery, an online teacher support program, has received overwhelming support from its users, says a report released today (April 29).

81% of teachers would recommend the program to other schools, according to new findings from the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF).

Four out of five also said they reduced their workload with planning and marking.

Intended for key stage three educators, English Mastery helps teach pupils a better understanding of grammar and syntax, bridge the gap in word achievement by focusing on level two words, and use norm-related assessments to accurately assess progress.

The online nature of the program, offered by Ark Curriculum Plus, also means that teachers across the country are able to collaborate on learning materials.

“It is wonderful to know that teachers believe that English proficiency has an impact on their students’ achievement and enjoyment of English,” said Nick Wallace, Head of Secondary English, Ark Curriculum Plus.

“I am particularly pleased to see that teachers believe that mastering English supports their workload – a huge achievement with the challenges facing the industry.”


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A total of 97 schools across England participated in the project, which ran from September 2019 to July 2021. When Covid-19 closed schools, well over 90% reported turning to mastery of English to support learning at home.

Respondents to the EEF survey felt that proficiency in English had helped their students improve in several areas compared to previous cohorts:

  • 75% of teachers said overall progress improved
  • 68% reported improving writing skills
  • 63% said involvement in the English lesson was stronger
  • 63% of teachers reported an improvement in reading skills
  • 74% of teachers said grammar skills were strengthened

In terms of teaching, 61% said their skills in teaching literary classics improved, while 57% reported an improvement in teaching English Key Phase 3.

EEF – founded in 2011 by the Sutton Trust – reselected English Mastery to undertake a second randomized controlled trial, with funding from the DfE Accelerator Fund.

A total of 120 schools will be recruited for the trial, with interested parties invited to enroll here.

Proficiency in English receives strong support from teachers

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