Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Support
Through their Key Stage 2 assessments, students who need extra support from the Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch Up Premium are identified. This is an additional grant for each Year 7 student who did not achieve the expected level in reading and/or mathematics at Key Stage 2 (KS2). The school then plans the best way to use the funding. The school will plan provision that suits the needs of their Year 7 cohort and that fits in with strategies already used by the school to help under-performing students. The aim of this funding is to support Year 7 students in ‘catching up’ with their peers.
In the year 2017-18 the school received £18,173. This extra funding was primarily spent on extra staffing in maths and English. The school also invested in Cognitive Ability Test materials and £7000 on Doddle which is a skills based assessment programme. It was hard to measure the success of these initiatives and as a result, the school has reviewed how we will spend this funding going forward to ensure a more strategic use of funds with measurable impact.
In 2018 -19 our funding is £10,961 and we are using a much more targeted approach as to where we apportion spending. So far, we have paid £2525 for Accelerated Reader. This is a scheme which we are implementing in Year 7 and it provides us with excellent information about a student's reading ability against age related expectations.
We have also employed a literacy Higher Level Teaching Assistant to conduct reading tests and use Pixl Microwave for accurate baseline testing. We have already bought £500 worth of books and reading rewards to aid implementation of the catch up aspect of our literacy strategy.
We have used our Data Manager's time to put all of the data we now hold onto our central database in order that it can be accurately used to target interventions for students. We are currently using Microwave and Pearson data to identify students in Year 7 who could benefit from extra tutoring such as the Kumon programme, free or subsidised.