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Year 7 Literacy & Numeracy Catch Up Premium


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

In 2018-19 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 Coordinator to work across the whole-school curriculum to ensure an explicit Literacy focus across the curriculum.  The Coordinator also supports students who have below age-appropriate reading levels through the Paired Reading Intervention Scheme.
  • The Academy has a Numeracy Coordinator to work with Departments to ensure a key focus on developing Numeracy across the whole-school curriculum.  The Coordinator also supports students who have below age appropriate Numeracy skills through small group Numeracy intervention sessions.
  • 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.

 

In 2018-19 there were 79 students who participated in the Accelerated Curriculum.  Students made an average of 22% progress and 9 students moved into the Aspire Curriculum.  Since the inception of the Accelerated Curriculum, the Academy’s progress scores, attendance and attitudes to learning have all increased significantly.

 

In 2019-20 the funding will be 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 Coordinator to work across the whole-school curriculum to ensure an explicit Literacy focus across the curriculum.  The Coordinator also supports students who have below age-appropriate reading levels through the Paired Reading Intervention Scheme.
  • The Academy has a Numeracy Coordinator to work with Departments to ensure a key focus on developing Numeracy across the whole-school curriculum.  The Coordinator also supports students who have below age appropriate Numeracy skills through small group Numeracy intervention sessions.
  • 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 homework scheme will be implemented to support students with consolidating learning outside of the classroom.  In addition, the application (Show My Homework) will aid families to support students’ learning at home and to provide better home-school links.