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Year 7 Literacy & Numeracy Catch-Up Premium

Catch Up funding is used to support Year 7 students’ reading skills. We employ a literacy specialist teaching assistant to work in small groups, or one-to-one if necessary, with students in year 7 who have reading ages below their chronological age. Interventions used for groups include Lexia, Read Write inc., Fresh Start, Literacy Box, Toe by Toe and Inference Training, among others. Reading interventions are monitored and progress carefully tracked using GL Assessment NGRT and the Renaissance STAR reader test. All students in years 7, 8 and 9 have reading logs, which are monitored, and take part in the Accelerated Reader scheme. Literacy support is provided for students further up the school who still require additional intervention.

Total received for 2017-18

We received £17,500 in catch-up funding to support Year 7 students who join the academy with numeracy or literacy skills below expected level of progress.

How it is spent

To support students we have invested in the ARK Mastery Programme for Year 7 which has a Traditional and Foundation pathway to ensure students are supported to make progress, depending on their starting points.

We have also invested in the Fresh Start Phonics programme that offers 3 x 1hr reading intervention sessions to specific students who are identified has having very low reading ages as tested by NGRT and WRAT. We have arranged for students who have reading ages below their chronological age to work in small groups, or one-to-one if necessary to improve their skills. Interventions used for groups include, Read Write inc., Fresh Start, Literacy Box, Toe by Toe  and Inference Training, among others.

Literacy support is also provided for students further up the school who still require additional intervention with additional reading intervention planned for Family Time for Yrs 9 and 10 across T5 and 6. Alongside this we have invested in books for Family time sessions so that students are able to share a book together as we believe sharing a love of reading is important.

Fresh Start Phonics data

How funding was spent in 2016-17 and its impact

In the previous year we invested in a numeracy specialist who continues to work within the academy focusing on year 7 students who join us with below expected levels of numeracy ability. 

All pupils who benefited from working with this specialist made demonstrable progress. This is now also supported with the introduction of Ark Maths Mastery in Year 7.

How the impact was assessed 

We have used a variety of methods to assess the impact these interventions.  Reading interventions are monitored and progress carefully tracked using GL Assessment, NGRT and the Renaissance STAR reader test. All students in years 7, 8 and 9 have reading logs, which are monitored, and take part in the Accelerated Reader scheme.