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Literacy and Numeracy Catch Up Premium

2016-2017 (funding to be confirmed)

Literacy Catch-Up

22 students in Year 7 have been identified from their KS2 reading SATS paper as not achieving the expected standard in reading. These 22 students have been identified as our ‘catch up cohort’, 8 of this cohort are in receipt of Pupil Premium funding.

Literacy Catch-Up Strategy

  1. High quality teaching and learning and staff training ensures that work is suitably differentiated to support the development of reading across the curriculum. A whole school focus for 2016-17 is on Quality First Teaching and differentiation.
  2. All Year 7 students undergo a reading assessment prior to joining the school in Year 6. Identified catch up learners will meet the literacy team prior to joining the school and where possible early intervention takes place in the primary schools.
  3. All catch up students receive high quality, personalised, reading intervention using a sophisticated range of resources and proven strategies to support struggling readers.
  4. Regular analysis of progress data is undertaken to ensure students are receiving appropriate and successful interventions.
  5. Interventions are delivered by a highly trained team of SEND specialist teachers and teaching assistants.
  6. A specialist Literacy and Numeracy Hub creates a welcoming and supportive environment in which reading intervention takes place.
  7. Parental support through 1-2-1 meetings with the parents/carers of all catch up cohort students during the Year 7 meet the tutor evening in November.
  8. Reading resource packs are provided for all catch up cohort students for use at home with parents/carers.
  9. Small class sizes in English for Year 7 students identified as requiring catch up for reading.
  10. Use of Accelerated Reader for all Year 7 students during a dedicated reading lesson in the school library.
  11. Reading for pleasure drive across the school through the use of outside inspirational authors. (Bali Rai, Kim Slater etc.)
  12. Investment in a set of reader pens to support students to access and enjoy challenging texts and to train them in the use of the pens for future possible access arrangements.

Impact of Literacy interventions on Year 7 2015-16

We are measuring whether a student has ‘caught up’ through their reading age. A student who has caught up will have a reading age which is either at or exceeds their chronological age. 56% of D/D* readers (25 students) caught up/significantly improved their reading age. Of these, 75% on Pupil Premium D/D* readers (4 students) caught up.
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Numeracy Catch-Up

30 students have been identified from their KS2 SATS as not achieving the expected standard in numeracy. These 30 students have been identified as our ‘catch up cohort’. 6 of this cohort are in receipt of Pupil Premium funding.

Numeracy Catch-Up Strategy

  1. A whole school focus for 2016-17 on Quality First Teaching and differentiation. Targeted training sessions on numeracy across the curriculum are part of the school teaching and learning portfolio of online resources.
  2. Small class sizes in mathematics for Year 7 students identified as requiring catch up for numeracy.
  3. Quality First Teaching of numeracy skills throughout all mathematics lessons to target areas of weakness identified in initial Year 7 baseline assessments.
  4. Delivery of high quality numeracy intervention for key students in the catch-up cohort. This intervention is planned by our specialist SEND mathematics teacher and delivered by our numeracy teaching assistant and specialist teachers.
  5. A specialist Literacy and Numeracy Hub creates a welcoming and supportive environment in which numeracy intervention takes place.
  6. Regular analysis of progress data is undertaken to ensure students are receiving appropriate and successful interventions.
  7. Numeracy resource packs are provided for catch up cohort students for use at home with parents/carers. The pack contained a multiplication grid, a hundred square, a whiteboard with larger squares (for column algorithms), a small clock with movable hands, a target board to practise times tables and some stationery. Teachers model how to use the packs and additional packs for use in the classroom are available.
  8. Maths Challenge Wall and regular monthly mathematical challenges promote numeracy skills across the curriculum for all learners.

Impact of Numeracy interventions on Year 7 2015-16

We are measuring whether a student has ‘caught up’ by monitoring their progress in mathematics towards their end of Year 7 target, and improvement shown from KS2 mathematics SAT result. 50% of the numeracy catch up cohort (18 students) moved within 2 sub-levels of their Year 7 mathematics target. Of these, 67% of the numeracy catch up Pupil Premium group (6 students) moved within 2 sub-levels of their Year 7 mathematics target.

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Head Teacher – Mrs T A Rees
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