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The Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy catch-up premium was provided to schools to support Year 7 students who have not reached the expected standard in Key Stage 2 tests.  The funding was paid to schools annually on 1st March.  In 2019, the Academy received £49,749. 

In 2019-20 the funding was used to support the following activities:

  • The Academy provides an Accelerated Curriculum Department to support those students who had achieved <95 on their KS2 English SATs or who arrive at the Academy with educational or linguistic gaps which are barriers to them accessing the traditional secondary curriculum.  The Accelerated Curriculum supports students working below the expected standard by delivering an alternative secondary curriculum, which is underpinned by a clear focus on developing Literacy and Linguistics as well as supporting Numeracy.  Classes are taught by a dedicated teaching team and group sizes are smaller with additional TA support for some sessions.
  • The Academy has a Literacy and Numeracy Coordinator to work across the whole-school curriculum to ensure explicit Literacy and Numeracy foci across the curriculum.  The Coordinator also supports students who have below age-appropriate reading and numeracy levels through the Paired Reading Intervention Scheme and Numeracy Interventions.
  • A range of tailored Literacy interventions are provided by the SEND Department for those students who are identified as having additional needs which are impacting on their Literacy skills and social development.
  • A new homework scheme was implemented to support students with consolidating learning outside of the classroom.  In addition, the applications (Show My Homework & Teams) aid families to support students’ learning at home and to provide better home-school links.

 

COVID Catch-up Funding

In 2020, the Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy catch-up premium has now been replaced by the COVID Catch-up Funding.  This funding is to support children and young people in all year groups to catch up lost time after school closure. This is especially important for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds. 

In 2020-21 the funding is being used to support the following activities:

  • The Academy provides an Accelerated Curriculum Department to support those students who had achieved <95 on their KS2 English SATs (or equivalent) or who arrive at the Academy with educational or linguistic gaps which are barriers to them accessing the traditional secondary curriculum.  The Accelerated Curriculum supports students working below the expected standard by delivering an alternative secondary curriculum, which is underpinned by a clear focus on developing Literacy and Linguistics as well as supporting Numeracy.  Classes are taught by a dedicated teaching team and group sizes are smaller with additional TA support for some sessions.
  • The Academy has a Literacy and Numeracy Coordinator to work across the whole-school curriculum to ensure explicit Literacy and Numeracy foci across the curriculum.  The Coordinator also supports students who have below age-appropriate reading and numeracy levels through the Paired Reading Intervention Scheme and Numeracy Interventions.
  • A range of tailored Literacy interventions are provided by the SEND Department for those students who are identified as having additional needs which are impacting on their Literacy skills development.
  • A new system of GL testing to assess students strengths and areas for development on entry in the absence of KS2 formal assessments due to COVID.
  • The Academy has created two Learning Gateway facilities to provide small group and bespoke provision for some of the most vulnerable students who are struggling to access large group lessons.
  • The Academy is committed to delivering high quality teaching for all students whether working from home or in school.  The use of IT to support learning has been embedded with digital devices and a range of online subscriptions being  purchased to support this.