The school has been allocated £11,000 to support students who are not ‘secondary ready’ starting in year 7 in September 2016. The funding is being used for specific ‘catch-up’ sessions with individuals and small groups to support their development in both literacy and numeracy.
In the academic year, 2015 / 2016, the school received £11,000 to be spent on Year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up.
The literacy allocation was spent on support and resources within the English and Learning support teams. Reading comprehension groups were run by qualified teaching assistants and intensive and specific literacy interventions were run by the SEN teachers for those students who had a diagnosis of dyslexia dyslexic traits.
Within the teaching of English in year 7, an additional class was introduced in each half year so that the students could work intensively on the Science Research Associates (SRA) scheme. Progress was measured by two key assessment pieces per half term, one reading and one writing. Following this intervention, eight of the eleven students on the catch up programme had progressed beyond a National Curriculum level 4c by the end of the academic year.
In mathematics, the numeracy allocation was spent on the purchase of specific teaching materials including KS3 Maths Progress: Pi, Rapid Maths and Teejay Mathematics. During this intervention, students were assessed on a half termly basis alongside their peers. By the end of year 7, eight of twelve students had attained a National Curriculum level 4b or better.