Purple Mash review by Lee RobinsonDate: 05.05.2022
Review subject: English
Reviewer: Lee Robinson, Subject coordinator
- Urban Academy 625 pupils in Milton Keynes
- Ofsted rating: Outstanding
- FSM: 34.9%
Average rating across all Purple Mash reviews: 4.2/5
How well does it match the curriculum?
Well: It covers the curriculum as well as we expected
There is a good range of reading material for all ages.
How well does it support your school’s inclusion/diversity/equal opportunities policy?
Well: The content is inclusive and sensitively presented
The levels allow a suitable resource to be identified.
How well does it support differentiation for the full range of the classes you use it with?
Well: A large majority of resources are suitably differentiated for pupils
The range means all levels can be differentiated for.
How well does it engage and motivate pupils?
Well: Pupils generally enjoy using it and tend to welcome doing so
The range keeps them engaged however a broader range of comprehension activities would be helpful.
How well supported is it by accompanying formative assessments?
Reasonably: There is some formative assessment included, but its usefulness is a bit limited
How well does it support planning?
Well: It’s fairly self-contained and can be used with minimal preparation
Simple to incorporate.
How well does it support home use / independent learning?
Well: Pupils could be expected to use this at home or independently, with a minimum amount of support or additional resources
Providing students have internet access it is very helpful.
How would you rate it for value for money compared to similar resources?
Well: It’s worth the money and effort to introduce – more so than many similar resources I’ve seen
The variety and flexibility mean it is good value.