What progress do students make on Bedrock?

A breakdown of the impact of Bedrock Vocabulary, including:

How Bedrock is designed to help students make progress
How this progress is recorded
The statistics and outcomes of using Bedrock

How Bedrock is designed to help students make progress

Each student begins their Bedrock journey with an alpha test. This test helps to place students in the block best suited to their ability. A Year 8 student may typically be placed in Block 8, but the alpha test accurately places them into the block where they will make most progress. Students in too low a block for their ability may lose motivation due lack of challenge, while students in too high a block may struggle to access the learning material. The alpha test aims to place students in the optimal block, one which is challenging yet accessible.

Bedrock’s deep-learning algorithm keeps track of words students already understand, words they have learnt and words they are currently learning. Students are tested monthly on the words they have learnt to retain long-term understanding and monitor progress. If these words are forgotten, they are moved back into “words I am learning” and retaught for mastery and to ensure understanding. Creating a bespoke, individual curriculum for each student, whilst maintaining consistency, is too time-consuming for one teacher to arrange; educational technology is needed for a consistent yet optimised approach to learning, and Bedrock provides this, boosting the progress students make with their literacy.

How Bedrock records student progress

Progress on Bedrock is determined as the difference between a students’ pre-test and post-test results.

Progress can be viewed as a single student, even broken down into how students fare on each topic, or it can be viewed over entire classes and cohorts – even your entire school.

As well as this, students’ progress can be broken down into micro-population demographics such as gender, SEN, PP and more to allow for detailed analysis of progress made over time, and the success of your implementation.

Bedrock’s blocks are broken into topics, which are again broken into lessons. As students complete two lessons a week, data is collected frequently, compiling a detailed view of the progress each student makes.

This data is collated automatically through Bedrock’s self-marking system, providing teachers with high-quality analysis while saving time. This data, collected from lessons and tests, is available instantly for teachers, parents and students.

The statistics and outcomes of using Bedrock

The impact of Bedrock on vocabulary development was tested by an external statistician with a sample size of 84,000. Bedrock’s impact was shown to be statistically ‘large’ across every demographic, with an average improvement of 30% for each student.

The demographics of students that received the greatest benefits from using Bedrock were primary-age students and SEN students, making 48% and 43% improvement respectively.

93% of all Bedrock students made progress after completing just five topics, and this improvement increased after 10 topics.

This progress was not just shown through tests and marks, but through the confidence and enthusiasm of the students. Parents at Birchwood School state: “As my child works through the Bedrock topics, I can see that she is making progress. … It does wonders for her confidence!”

The probability that these results occurred due to chance was calculated to be 0.0001, which very strongly suggests that these findings were directly related to the students’ use of Bedrock Vocabulary, not just chance or natural improvement.

These statistics confirm what we at Bedrock know to be true – Bedrock Vocabulary boosts students’ literacy skills with just two lessons a week, and ultimately this helps to close the language gap.

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