In 16/17 the Academy received £6,844 to support 13 students in Year 7 who had not reached the expected level in English or Maths at the end of Key Stage 2. Having focused on literacy in 2015/16 and continuing to have access to Accelerated Reader, we had not yet addressed the shortfalls in basic numeracy skills of many of our Key Stage 2 cohort. We therefore spent the catch-up funding on the following:
- Hegarty Maths programme. This is a school wide numeracy intervention, costing £5000 for the school. The programme involves students watching videos of maths problems being explained and completed, before setting them a series of questions to complete to ensure mastery of the material. Our Year 7 students who had not reached expected levels in maths upon arrival participated in homework club once a week where they were supervised completing exercises from Hegarty Maths, with a member of the maths department on hand to assist with any difficulties.
- We also invested in a reading buddy scheme, where the 13 students in question read 1:1 with a member of staff once per week.
- In English, 11 of the 13 students made expected progress relative to their starting points. 9 of these made good progress relative to that of the cohort as a whole.
- In Maths, 7 of the 13 students made expected progress. Results analysis suggested that a lack of grounding in fundamentals such as times tables contributed to this.
Interventions planned for 17/18
Funding for 17/18 is expected to be the same as for 16/17 at just under £7,000. While we have invested in Accelerated Reader and Hegarty Maths over the past two years, commands of the basics of literacy and numeracy remain low amongst many Year 7 students. In 2017/18, we have therefore invested in the following interventions in order to further improve and consolidate mastery of these basics:
- Ruth Miskin Fresh Start Phonics programme. This is for students who lack basic skills in phonics, decoding and comprehension. Students receiving this intervention will have a small group lesson once per week, and will participate for at least 10 weeks depending on progress.
- Timestables Rockstars. This is an online programme to promote mastery of times tables. Year 7 students without command of times tables will have one session per week working on this programme in their timetable.