Textbooks: Compare and contrast

Textbooks 2

This project is being conducted by Goldsworth Park Primary, Cranborne Primary and Uplands Primary.


Cranborne and Uplands

  • Started using the OUP Inspire Maths books with year 1 in Jan 2015 as part of the Maths Hub national project
  • Staffing changes/issues as well as some challenges associated with a mid-year start meant that it wasn’t adopted overly successfully last year, however both schools have been using it in year 1 since September.

Goldsworth Park

  • Opted to use the Maths No Problem with year 1 as part of the second phased of the Maths Hub national project

We are fortunate to be trialling both textbooks in the region and are therefore in a unique position to comment on both.

You can read the individual summaies of the two textbooks here:

Maths No Problem

OUP Inspire Maths


Compare and contrast

  • Both use a Singapore approach, however Maths No Problem! covers everything in the NC whereas Inspire doesn’t.
  • Inspire’s package included assessment materials and a teacher guide. Maths No Problem! has no teacher guide so more thinking is required of staff.
  • Inspire teacher book is overloaded whereas Maths No Problem! lessons only go over 2-3 pages.
  • The lesson approach is different: Maths No Problem! have an exploration task to start every lesson where Inspire follows a more traditional approach using teacher input.
  • Both have good variation within the tasks and the questions.
  • Thought needs to be put into the children with barriers to Maths for both schemes.
  • Inspire does challenge the fast graspers through acceleration. Thought needs to be put into challenge activities for more able in Maths No Problem! but it sticks within the end of year expectations.
  • Students love both schemes.
  • Inspire assessment materials are not great – sometimes not linked to what they been doing. Maths No Problem! assessments are in a similar format to the textbooks and follow them directly
  • Training experiences were mixed with Inspire – some key aspects of the programme were held back. Maths No Problem! training was excellent.





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