The impact of this intervention has been closely monitored throughout the year:
- Students in this target group are reviewed regularly by the class teacher (7X3/7×4 and the Year 7 Catch-up Premium intervention group.
- This information is collated in Termly Progress reviews updated and sent home termly.
As a result of these interventions and continued excellent teaching and learning, the progress of these students has improved considerably over the course of Years 7 and 8.
Key research findings into literacy interventions include the following:
- Having ‘no intervention’ does not enable pupils with literacy difficulties to catch up (Brooks, 2002, 2007)
- Many effective literacy intervention programmes have co-operative learning at their core (Slavin and Lake, 2008)
- The key elements of effective teaching approaches for low attainers in literacy include: early intervention, one to one and/or small group support and personalisation (Brooks, 2002)
- There are fewer interventions to help pupils struggling with reading in secondary education in comparison to a wide range of interventions designed to help primary pupils (Brooks 2002, 2007). However, some interventions that are primarily intended for use in primary schools could be used at any time between the ages of 6 and 14
The following table shows the number of students who were below the expected standard which is now defined as a scaled score of 100 or above in these tests (prior to this it was Level 4 or above).
Any parental queries regarding the Year 7 Catch-up Premium should be directed to Mrs German, Assistant Headteacher.
Expected standard in reading and/or maths by the end of Year 6
From September 2016, the Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up Premium is to support all Year 7 pupils who did not achieve the the expected standard is defined as a scaled score below 100 in these assessments.
At the end of Key Stage 2 in 2019, 60 out of the cohort of 180 did not reach standard in Reading and 47 out of 180 did not in reach standard in Mathematics. Figures for 2018 were 42 out of the cohort of 195 for Reading and 34 out of 195 for Maths did not reach standard. Funding will be at the same level as in 2018-19 (approximately £12,000) therefore we plan to maintain and further refine our targeted intervention, as follows:
Targeted one-to-one and small group withdrawal tuition and support in English, Literacy and Maths.
Use of Key Stage 2 Question Level Analysis, the PiXL Microwave and GL Assessments to target key
strands where students have under-achieved.
Use of the PASS Intervention software (GL Assessments) to determine student attitudes to learning
and offer support where appropriate.
English – Arrow (literacy intervention), Lexia (developing skills that support literacy), Nessy (spelling and reading), Speed Up (Handwriting), Wordshark
Maths – Numbershark, Numeracy Ninjas, Timetables
General – SEAL (Emotional literacy), ELSA (social skills)