In 2014-15, the Academy received £31,000 in Literacy and Numeracy Catch-Up Premium. This premium is worth £500 for every student who arrives in our school in year 7 having not achieved a level 4 for reading and/or maths.
In 2014-15, we used the Literacy and Numeracy Catch-Up Premium to fund the following provision:
- HLTA in Basic Skills
- L3 TA x 2
- Rapid Plus Reading
- Success Maker Literacy
- Progress Centre English (1 x L2 TA)
- Progress Centre Maths (1 x L2 TA)
Total cost: £80,500
Literacy: HLTA Screen-Based Intervention
Our first literacy intervention is overseen by an experienced Higher Level Teaching Assistant and a Level 3 Teaching Assistant, using three main programmes:
- SuccessMaker Literacy
- Ruth Miskin Read Write Inc.
- Rapid Plus
Students who have been identified as requiring additional support for literacy are first tested using a standardised reading test, Access Reading Test (ART). This test provides us with a standardised score with 100 being average.
We measure the impact of the students’ time in our literacy intervention in terms of the growth in this standardised score.
We use standardised scores to measure growth, rather than current English grades, because current English grade includes writing, speaking and listening, and reading, whereas we need to see whether students’ reading has improved.
We use standardised scores rather than reading ages because reading ages tell us only how well a student is doing compared to their own chronological age, whereas standardised scores compare their achievement on the test with the achievements of all students nationally who sat the test and who were the same age as this student when they sat the test. We believe benchmarking against nationally standardised data is a more valid measure of impact.
We grouped students into five cohorts. these included four small withdrawal groups who were supervised by an HLTA or a Level 3 TA, and one Nurture Group taught and overseen by either our Assistant AEN Coordinator or a specialist Primary trained teacher of vulnerable students.
The impact of these interventions were as follows:
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In all five groups, there was clear improvement, meaning the provision had succeeded in narrowing the gaps between these students’ literacy skills at the starting point and the national average of 100.
Literacy: Progress Centre
The Catch-Up Premium also enable us to set up and run our new Progress Centre, which began operating in Autumn Term 2014-15. The Progress Centre is run by two experienced Teaching Assistants, who are based there entirely, running three times weekly Literacy and Numeracy catch-up sessions for students who are furthest behind in English and Maths in KS3.
For Literacy, we use a series of Literacy activities, including Guided Reading and writing. When year 7 students’ time in the Progress Centre is finished, they are tested using a simple National Curriculum-linked exit assessment.
In 2014-15, 27 year 7 students with a KS2 Reading level below Level 4 experienced Progress Centre Literacy sessions three times a week for one half term.
The impact was as follows:
- Average Entry Level = 13.8 (2c/2b)
- Average Exit Level = 17.5 (2a/3c)
- Average NC points rise = 3.7 (equivalent to almost 2 sub levels, or one year of expected progress at KS3)
Numeracy: Progress Centre
Numeracy at the Progress Centre is delivered using Catch-Up Numeracy. This enables us to reinforce aspects of Mathematics lessons delivered in the main Academy building during timetabled lessons, without duplicating content or materials.
In 2014-15, 26 students with a KS2 Maths level below Level 4 experienced Progress Centre Numeracy intervention sessions.
The impact of these sessions was as follows:
- Average Entry Level = 16.5 (2b/2a)
- Average Exit Level = 20 (3c/3b)
- Average NC points rise = 3.6 (equivalent to almost 2 sub levels, or one year of
- expected progress at KS3)