Year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up premium

Aim

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding to support year 7 pupils who did not achieve at least level 4 in reading or maths at the end of key stage 2 (KS2). The catch up funding is designed to ensure that students who have not achieved their potential at KS2 are not disadvantaged by this and are provided with the opportunity to ensure they have the same equality of opportunity as their peers by the time they leave compulsory education. The wider aims of the catch up funding include:-

  • To increase social mobility
  • To enable students from disadvantaged backgrounds to get to the top universities
  • To ensure that students from all backgrounds have an equal opportunity to be successful
  • To reduce the attainment gap between the highest and lowest achieving pupils nationally

Overview of the school and funding 2016-17

Total number of pupils on roll 970
Total number of year 7 students on roll 144
Total number of students eligible for catch up funding 59
Total amount of funding received £13,676

The strategies employed last year include:-

Accelerated Reader - The school uses the Accelerated Reader programme to support the assessment and improvement of students’ reading age supporting their basic literacy skills.

Small group literacy intervention group – Small groups of students are withdrawn from lessons to work on basic English skills with our English HLTA, these groups focus particularly on writing skills such as spelling and punctuation.

Effective teaching and learning - - staff professional development sessions will focus on how to work with students that arrive in school with lower than average grades or whose reading age is below 11.  Quality first teaching has the strongest impact on pupil achievement and we believe this is critical to supporting student progress.

The Nurture Group - in Year 7 and 8 some students are part of the Nurture Group. This provision is designed to support our most vulnerable students as they move from Primary school to GCSEs. Students in this group will be taught Maths, English, Jewish Studies, Science and Humanities in a smaller group with specialist teaching to enable their pastoral and academic progress. The majority of these lessons are delivered by a dedicated Nurture Group teacher to provide consistency for students.

Overview of the school and funding for 2017/18

Total number of pupils on roll 1027
Total number of year 7 students on roll 175
Total number of students eligible for catch up funding 58
Total amount of funding received £16,620

Planned spend

Accelerated Reader - The school uses the Accelerated Reader programme to support the assessment and improvement of students’ reading age supporting their basic literacy skills.

Small group literacy intervention group – Small groups of students will be withdrawn from lessons to work on basic English skills with our English HLTA, these groups focus particularly on writing skills such as spelling and punctuation.

Additional staff in English and Maths – Employment of Teach First Students in English and Maths to provide additional support.

The Nurture Group – A dedicated Nurture Group teacher has been employed to deliver the majority of these lessons to provide consistency for students.

Contact: Ms Rubery
Kantor King Solomon High School
Forest Road, ILFORD
IG6 3HB
T: 020 8498 1300
E: info@kshsonline.com
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