Schoolzone | Purple Mash review by Lee Robinson

Purple Mash review by Lee Robinson

Date: 05.05.2022

Review subject: English

Phase: Primary

Reviewer: Lee Robinson, Subject coordinator

  • Urban Academy 625 pupils in Milton Keynes
  • Ofsted rating: Outstanding
  • FSM: 34.9%

 Review rating:

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.



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