Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-Up Premium
Year 7 Literacy Catch-Up:
Literacy empowers. At Hilbre we are working hard to enable all students to reach their potential in the key literacy skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. The Ruth Miskin Read Write Inc. ‘Fresh Start’ scheme targets selected Year 7 pupils with the aim of improving the accuracy and fluency of reading. ‘Fresh Start’ is a lively and age- appropriate approach. It matches our students’ increasing knowledge of phonics and ‘tricky’ words. Students are taught in English curriculum time, the 44 speech sounds in the English alphabet. These are practised frequently until they can read them effortlessly. Tricky words (high frequency words that are not phonetically regular) are also practised again and again until the students can read them with ease. This is because students need regular practice to get better at something, just like playing an instrument.
This helps to improve their comprehension skills and in turn, has a positive effect on their understanding of every subject in the curriculum. Alongside reading as part of their curriculum entitlement, we hope our students will rapidly build on their spelling knowledge and will become more adventurous in their vocabulary choices. ‘Fresh Start’ has an excellent track record of raising literacy levels and we have a team of enthusiastic and committed staff to facilitate the scheme.
As part of our commitment to improve the reading habits of our more reluctant readers, Hilbre has invested in Renaissance Accelerated Reader. This internet-based programme is designed to engage students, motivate reading practice and improve reading progress. It reports how much a student has been reading, at what level of complexity, and how well they have understood what they have read. Vocabulary growth and literacy skills are also measured.
The Literacy Catch-Up Team are committed to enhancing each student’s skills as readers and writers.
Year 7 Numeracy Catch-Up:
In 2018/19, there are 81 students who have not achieved the ‘expected standard’ in the Mathematics scaled score.
At Hilbre High School, we have bought-in to be part of the Arks Academy Mathematics Mastery Programme (£3780). This is a long term investment for the professional development of all the staff in the Mathematics’ Department. We work in partnership with Mathematics Mastery – being provided with ongoing focused training, high-quality curriculum resources and specialist support.
The curriculum is designed so that it is accessible to all students, no matter their prior attainment. Every child can enjoy and succeed in Mathematics at Hilbre. The growth mindset philosophy of Mathematics Mastery enables pupils to develop resilience and confidence. Students are encouraged to solve new problems in unfamiliar contexts; identifying, applying and connecting ideas enables pupils to tackle new and more complex problems.
This year, we have identified 29 students who have a Mathematics scaled score of less than 94. These students will receive 90 minutes of intervention per fortnight in addition to their 6 periods of Mathematics lessons.
Mathematics Mastery provide an additional 30 coaching lessons that are intended to run alongside the Mastery scheme of work. These additional sessions are designed to support students with core concepts and number work. They will be delivered in small groups (maximum of 4 students) by a Mathematics Specialist Teaching Assistant.
Funding Allocation 2017-18: £21,500
How we spent the funding:
We used the funding to employ High Level Teaching Assistants, who ran a literacy catch-up programme for students we identified as having a low reading age when they joined Hilbre in Year 7. The funding also contributed to Teaching Assistant support for students with low levels of numeracy on entry in Year 7. In 2018-19 we are spending the allocation differently, with the money spent directly on improvement packages for both literacy and numeracy, run directly through the maths and English departments.
Year 7 Catch-Up Funding 2017-18: Impact:
In 2017-18 funding was spent largely on providing literacy support, aimed specifically at improving students’ reading.
Targeted at 38 students, the literacy programme showed a gain of an average 1.53 years in reading age for students, tested at the beginning and end of the school year using the Kirklees Reading Assessment. When taking the Single Word Reading Test, the same students made a gain of an average 2.2 years.