At the start of the year January 18 the school received £1500. This provided funds for 3 pupils who are each allocated £500. Following an analysis of the cohorts’ academic outcomes at Key Stage 2 literacy, and specifically reading and writing, it was identified as an area for improvement as opposed to numeracy. The funding was therefore targeted towards reading and writing strategies.
We allocated this money as follows:
- The formation of two small and distinct registration groups, which each morning work on the Literacy Planet, an on-line programme to accelerate literacy. Students were supervised by phonics trained staff that provide close supervision and individual attention. The online Literacy Planet programme is being embedded this year and allows teachers to track progress from week to week to identify areas of strength and weakness. Catch-up funding has paid for staff to be trained in this system.
- The creation of 1:1 intervention focusing on the phonics and improving reading ages. Those who are targeted receive an extra lesson a week working with an English specialist teacher who improves their reading and mastering the basics.
Year 7/8 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-Up Premium– Measuring Impact
The measures used to show the impact of the catch-up premium included:
- Assessing the reading age of the students at the start, mid-point and finish of the catch-up intervention.
- Assessing the number of students arriving with KS2 attainment scores below 95 at the beginning of Year 7 in Maths who have been reported as making good progress in the termly data collections
- Assessing the number of students who arriving with KS2 attainment scores below 95 at the beginning of Year 7 in English who have been reported as making good progress in the termly data collections.
The progress made:
• 1 pupil had improved by 6 months to 1 year.
• 1 pupil had improved by more than 2 years.
• 2 pupils did not make progress in WRAT test but have made significant progress in other areas such as recognising high frequency words, extended writing and spelling.
During the year 2019 Homewood College plan on employing a specialist teacher for ½ day 3 times a week to work 1:1 interventions focusing on reading and extended writing.