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Year 7 Catch-up Premium

In 2016-2017 The Five Islands School received £1,583 in order to support Year 7 students working below the expected standard in reading and mathematics to catch up with their peers.

 

In total, 8 out of 19 pupils entered Year 7 below expected standard in reading and/or mathematics.

 

These numbers break down as follows:

 

 

The £1,583 funding was allocated as follows:


Maths: split these 8 students into 3 groups who were taught by specialist teachers for 15 minutes 2 times per week before the start of school. These sessions ran from January 2017 to April 2017 (25 sessions in total were offered). Attendance at these sessions was generally good; 6 out of the 8 attended at least 70%, one student approximately 50% but one only attended about 25%. The aim of these sessions was to develop basic arithmetical skills and confidence in the first instance, then moving towards problem solving skills.


English: All 7 students were set up with user accounts for Units of Sound. All 7 students had 20 minutes out of their Friday English lesson to work with a specialist teacher in a small group. This involved working on Units of Sound, handwriting and reading. 
Literacy Intervention lesson: 5 students attended a 50 minute weekly literacy intervention session with a specialist teacher. This was on a rotation. They worked on Smart Skills Builder Reading Booster,  1:1 reading, vocab building &  Units of Sound. The parent of the 6th student supported her child at home in working through Units of Sound. The 7th student had personalised study sessions with a teaching assistant.


Catch-Up Literacy: A specialist teacher completed a 2 day training course in November, to deliver Catch-Up literacy. The 3 students with a reading test quotient of below 90 and a SATs reading score of below 90 each attended 2 x 20 minute 1:1  Catch-Up literacy sessions per week with this teacher. These sessions were before school and during lunch break. 

 

When pupils were re-assessed at the end of Year 7

In Mathematics, 50% of the 8 students have caught up with their peers in terms of assessment outcomes. A further 25% have made significant improvements. The final 25% are still receiving extra support in lessons. All 8 have deepened their calculation and reasoning skills.

 

In English all children have improved in confidence and willingness to participate in lessons. Assessments indicate that 100% of students made better progress than their peers from their individual starting points, but there are still gaps. We feel that this progress is not just down to the intervention but also normal class lessons, homework, parental support etc.

 

In 2017-2018 The Five Islands School expects to receive around £1,400 to support Year 7 students working towards the expected standard in reading and mathematics to catch up with their peers.

 

In total, 6 out of 17 pupils have entered Year 7 below expected standard in reading and/or mathematics.

 

These numbers break down as follows:

 

 

Pupils are: Charlie, Harrison, Tia (reading) and Jack, Harrison, Isaac, Tia and Megan (maths)


We plan to support these pupils to catch up with their peers as follows:

  • Weekly intervention lessons in very small groups with a specialist Literacy and/or Numeracy teacher.
  • Targeted in-class support from a specialist Numeracy teacher.
  • Weekly morning sessions with a specialist Numeracy teacher.
  • Focused use of Accelerated Reader programme to promote rapid reading progress.
  • Focused use of Hegarty Maths programme to “fill gaps” in learning.
  • Weekly morning sessions with a specialist Literacy teacher 
  • Weekly lunch clubs for Units of Sound

 

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