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  Overview
 
Dynamo Maths is a specialist resource to support pupils at risk of developmental dyscalculia and pupils performing significantly below their peers in maths.
 
 

 

Why do some pupils have significant difficulties with early maths?

 
 
Maths is made up of a number of developmental components that link together. For some pupils, the developmental components of acquiring the simple, foundational number skills is immature and their progress may be hindered due to one or more of the following factors:

1. co-occurring difficulties such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, working memory impairments, auditory processing difficulties, sensory motor challenges, visual challenges, losing focus, inattention, impulsivity, etc. These co-occurring difficulties also vary in their levels of complexity.
2. biological conditions determined by the pupil's genes.
3. dyscalculia - a formal diagnosis by an educational psychologist using a variety of psychometric tests. Educational Psychologists use Dynamo Assessment in addition to other tests to support their understanding of the pupil's Number Sense Developmental Profile.
4. environmental deprivation - access to relevant number developmental activities.
5. poor teaching - mediation of how numbers have been introduced to the pupil.
6. curriculum that is moving too rapidly - conceptual number sense development is not consolidated.
7. the pupil's early warning signs have not been identified and addressed using a systematic approach - preventative approach of identifying early signs to close the gaps in learning during the pupil's formative years.

 
  How can Dynamo Maths help?
 
  Irrespective of the pupil's diagnosis and prognosis, the assessment unfolds the pupil's individual Number Sense Developmental Profile based on their unique neuro-diverse profile.

The Program uses the researched and validated NumberSenseMMR™ framework to identify:

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1. symptoms of dyscalculia and/or
2. maths developmental delays.

 

The profile shows the pupil's strengths and areas of challenges so that a bespoke approach to repositioning the development of the pupil's number sense can begin with Dynamo Intervention.

The intervention also takes a developmental approach and engages the pupil in a range of experiences that promote inquiry, communication and reasoning with the aim to transfer these abilities and skills to solving maths problems within different contexts. The range of experiences allows the interventionist to see where the barriers lie so that a targeted and intentional intervention can take place.

 
 

How does the Assessment link to the Intervention?

 
 

The program uses a graduated approach as recommended by the SEND Code of Practice using four important stages;

  • Assess
  • Plan
  • Intervene
  • Review.
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The assessment drives the intervention and delivers an Individualised Education Support Plan (IEP) with a Scheme of Work that is signposted to a purposeful intervention.

The easy-to-use process and layout means that teachers, parents and specialists can follow the seamless approach from assessment to intervention. The Personalisation feature offers a Global Intervention Pathway based on the assessment recommendations and this pathway can be further customised.

 

 
 

How are progress and performance measured?

Pupil progress is easy to monitor.

 
 

The assessment provides easy-to-read reports with a standardised score and percentile rank that describe the pupil's ranking or position when compared to other pupils who are of the same age.

This is supported by a Number Sense Developmental Profile that identifies if the pupil is at risk of developmental dyscalculia or maths developmental delays and informs you of the specific areas of strengths and needs.

The Individual Support Plan pinpoints the areas of development that are signposted to Dynamo Intervention.

The Class Report provides a quick glance at the entire class or group.

The assessment lasts 365 days and schools can re-assess up to four times during the year, compare before and after scores.

1. Standardised scores with percentile rank and Number Sense Developmental Profile



2. Individual Support Plan with a Scheme of Work and signposted to Dynamo Intervention
3. Assessment Class Report
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Similarly, the Intervention provides three types of reports:
- a Visual Report that informs you of the attainment score and time taken.
- a Score Report that provides a number of attempts and questions completed.
- an Intervention or Mastery Report that provides a summary of the five attempts to measure progress.

Motivaltional certificates can be printed and data exported for safe-keeping.

4.Visual Report 5.Pupil's view of Progress and Performance

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  Dynamo Assessment  
 


Dynamo Maths Assessment i
s an adaptive, online standardised assessment that has been developed to identify pupils at risk of developmental dyscalculia using the NumberSenseMMR™ framework. The scores in the assessment are reported within three areas: Meaning, Magnitude and Relationship. The Meaning and Magnitude scores indicate symptoms of Developmental Dyscalculia and the Relationship score indicates Maths Developmental Delays.

The strength of the Dynamo Assessment lies in the way it captures and profiles the pupil's individual variation in their number sense development. It enables pupils at risk of developmental dyscalculia to be identified and serves as a basis for tailoring an individual and purposeful intervention.

The dyscalculia Profiler has been developed from research and learning from neuroscience, assessment, early childhood development and education.

The assessment delivers an Individual Education Support Plan (IEP) that is comprised of the specific areas of difficulties identified against up to15 number developmental strands. The specific areas of difficulties are presented in small-step developmental stages that are signposted to a purposeful intervention pathway so that the necessary skills can be taught, remediated and applied using a triple pathway of experiences. The triple pathway gives the interventionist multiple observation opportunities to identify, engage and reposition the pupil's number sense development.

Integrated within the assessment are Support Tools that ensure that the pupil developmental profile is captured so that the necessary adjustments to access the assessment can take place. Tools to capture observations during the assessment are included along with a template for pupils to record their working-out during the assessment.

Dynamo Maths Assessment can be used to screen pupils for symptoms of dyscalculia and as an early preventative tool so that pupils can be supported during their early formative years.

 
  Overview of the NumberSenseMMR™ Framework  
 

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Number Meaning:

- Numbers as symbols
- Subitising and counting

Number Magnitude:

- Number comparison
- Estimation
- Approximation
- Ordering
- Sequencing
Summary of the Assessment:

Number Relationship:

- Place value
- Number bonds and facts
- Mental strategies
- Problem solving
- Time measurement
- Multiplication

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Age: Baselined for ages 6, 7, 8 and 9.
Who is it for? The assessment can be used:

 
 
- to screen for pupils at risk of dyscalculia.
- by teachers, specialists, advisers and educational psychologists to support the decision-making on the specific areas of intervention
- to capture a pupil's number sense developmental profile.
- and to identify areas of strengths and the specific areas of number sense development.

Features: The assessment provides:

- an overall total number sense raw score, standardised scores, SD+9/SD-9 confidence intervals and percentile rank.
- an individualised Number Sense Developmental Profile across the three NumberSenseMMR™ stages to show the pupil’s strengths and specific areas of development.
- a profile that differentiates pupils at risk of developmental dyscalculia from those with maths developmental delays.
- an Individual Education Support Plan with signposts to Dynamo Maths Intervention.

Administration time: The assessment can be administered on-line and takes approximately 30 minutes. Whilst this is a guideline, the time taken is driven by the unique neurodevelopmental profile of the pupil.

 
 

Assessment Validation: The psychometric validation procedure used a large data sample of 3465 pupils, representing 368 schools in the UK (2014-2015) and representing a population of 72,000 pupils.

 

This sample included pupils with a neuro-diverse profile and 35% of pupils with a range of learning difficulties. Assessment validation technical details...

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Framework Validation: The study by the University of Oxford (Dowker, 2016) conducted an entry type multiple regression on the three stages of the NumberSenseMMR ™ framework.


The analysis confirmed that the Number Meaning and Magnitude components are highly significant (p < 0.001) independent predictors of Number Relationship (Foundation maths). The results confirmed that age is also a significant (p < 0.014) independent predictor of Number Relationship. Furthermore, the basal sets were then established for each set of age groups and scores normalised with a mean of 100 and SD of 15. NumberSenseMMR ™ validation technical details...


Inclusive SEN Support Tools: The Dynamo Maths Assessment (DMA) includes tools to capture the pupil's learning difficulties, observations during the assessment and provides templates to administer and audit the impact of the intervention within the Graduated Process.

 
 
- Student Profiler Questionnaire: captures the pupil's developmental profile and engages all stakeholders.

- Observation Notes: a tool and guidance notes to capture observations during the assessment.

- Working-out Notes: a printable template to allow children to show their working-out.

- Resource Utilisation: a tool to assist the review process of capturing the fidelity to intervention.

 
 
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Reports: The test results are presented in three simple and easy-to-use reports:

Number Sense Profile Report:


The bar chart provides a summarised profile of the underlying unique individual number sense development and the variation across the three areas within the NumberSense MMR™ framework.

These are:


 
 
- The Number Meaning and Number Magnitude: these provide the focus areas for dyscalculia symptoms, and
- The Number Relationships: this provides focus areas for developmental delay in maths.
 
 
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  Performance Profile Report:

This provides an optimal Intervention Support Plan with a Scheme of Work tailored to the child’s individual differences supported by:
 
 

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a description on the area assessed. IndividualLearningPlan
- a performance commentary on the score achieved for each area of assessment.
- colour-coded score achieved, and
- signposts to the multi-sensory triple pathway intervention and remediation modules in Dynamo Intervention.
  This individual-difference approach used by Dynamo Maths Program is proving that children with developmental dyscalculia are making significant gains.  
 


This is a consolidated report, which brings all the assessments results and supporting information into one complete SEND report.


This report can be presented to the stakeholders to support the Intervention strategies.

  Comparing before-after intervention scores: The school assessments allow the pupil to be re-assessed to compare the results and show areas of development.

Best practice shows that typically a re-assessment should be carried out after a 12-week period to show improvement.
 
   
  Dynamo Intervention  
 




Dynamo Maths Intervention is an award-winning, world-class Intervention, seamlessly linked to Dynamo Maths Assessment.

It delivers a personalised pathway of developmental activities in small, cumulative steps identified from the assessment. Its strength lies in the way it engages the pupil by providing multiple experiences so that the same skill is learnt, reinforced and consolidated in different ways. The pupil's verbal, visual, auditory and kinaesthetic skills are drawn upon so that the pupil's sensory pathways and emotions are fully involved and engaged.

Dynamo Intervention is a comprehensive program of over
300+ Lesson Plans, On-line Activities and Worksheets.

 

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The triple pathway approach - Lesson Plans, On-line Activities and Worksheets.

The strength of the triple pathway approach lies in providing the interventionist with multiple observation points to identify where the barriers, misunderstanding, miscomprehension and difficulties lie so that a targeted dynamic intervention can take place.

 

Stage 1. Lesson Plans

300+ Ready-made Lesson Plans written by experts in dyscalculia with Printable Resources.
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The Lesson Plans are ready-made with step-by-step instructions, aimed at developing understanding, building thinking strategies and boosting number confidence. Games and activities include concrete resources to familiarise pupils with mathematical language and relate maths to real-world experiences. The Lesson Plans use resources with prompt questions to engage, develop an interest and enter into communication. They provide a social focus to strengthen the skills of thinking, reasoning, communication, language, self-evaluation and reflection. Easy-to-use Support Tools to measure and record the delivery of the Lesson Plans to mastery stages are integrated within the Program.

The Lesson Plans, when integrated with the On-line activities and Worksheets, will help develop the specific skills to a mastery level.

 

Stage 2. Interactive On-line modules

300+ online interactive modules with visual models and images.


The On-line Activities use visual models and images supported by audio and visual stimuli to process what they see and hear. Instant oral feedback, easy-to-use reports and certificates provide a positive and motivating platform for self-reflection. The activities encourage the pupils into a cycle of success, learning, understanding, regulating and reflecting on their responses whilst boosting their confidence. They help the interventionist to observe the approach to the question, the understanding and application of mathematical vocabulary, number of attempts and time taken.

Three simple-to-use reports: Visual Report, Score Report and Intervention Report are automatically maintained. These can be exported to measure progress and performance.

The On-line activities, when integrated with the Lesson Plan and Worksheets, will help develop the specific skills to a mastery level.


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Stage 3. Dynamo Worksheets

300+ Worksheets provide evidence of errors.

The Dynamic Worksheets support the on-line modules. Pupils have the opportunity to think through and reflect on their learning on paper. They help the interventionist to identify written errors, difficulties with procedures, processing approaches, understanding and application of mathematical vocabulary

Easy-to-use Support Tools to measure and record progress on the Worksheets. They help to track progress over time and to identify observed areas of difficulties so that they can be supported.

The Worksheets, when integrated with the On-line activities and Lesson Plan, will help develop the specific skills to a mastery level.

 

 
 
  Inclusive SEN Support Tools: to monitor delivery of Lesson Plans and Worksheets
 
- Mastery Descriptor Matrix: Descriptors to identify where a student is in their skills development ranging from Emerging to Mastery.

- Monitoring Progress with Lesson Plans: Tool to assist in identifying where the challenges lie in the delivery of Lesson Plans, record observations of the areas of difficulty and Identifying where the pupil is in their skills development according to the Dynamo Mastery Matrix Descriptor chart.

- Monitoring Progress with Worksheets: Tool to identify written errors, record observations on where the challenges lie and chart to track progress
- Quality Audit of Lesson Plan Delivery: Observation tool to provide feedback on the delivery of a Lesson Plan and to identify teacher CPD training needs.

 
 
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