Thomas Estley Community College

Year Seven Catchup

Year Seven Catch Up

Although interventions are in place in all yeargroups and subject areas to target underachievement promptly and to intervene to raise outcomes and support progress, we have a particular focus on supporting students who have not met the expected level of attainment within their primary school, to accelerate their progress through Year Seven. In common with secondary schools nationally, we are in receipt of government funding to help support this work.

Year 7 Catch Up Funding Statement 2016-17

20 students in last year’s Year 7 intake did not achieve the government’s expected standard at the end of Key Stage 2 in Reading and/or Maths. The Department for Education (DfE) provides us with an additional £500 for each student to provide them with extra support to ‘catch up’.

The main ways in which we deploy this funding are listed here.

 Intervention

 

Success criteria

Intensive small group tuition in   English

To enable teaching to be delivered in   a supportive environment where work is consistently differentiated, and   student progress is checked and monitored. A real emphasis is being placed   upon the development of literacy skills and ensuring the basic knowledge and   skills are embedded to enable progress.

 

Intensive   small group tuition in maths

To   enable teaching to be delivered in a supportive environment where work is   consistently differentiated and student progress is checked and monitored. A   real emphasis is being placed upon the development of numeracy skills and   ensuring the basic knowledge and skills are embedded to enable progress.

 

Primary Transition Work

We work very closely with our primary   feeder schools. The SENCO and Inclusion Team meet with students/teachers and   where necessary put in place a programme of enhanced transition. This has   provided us with a real knowledge of students who have not achieved the   required standard and enabled us to put together a plan of action/support   before they arrive.

Literacy Summer project

The schools English department have   liaised closely with our primary schools and built in a transition project to   support students.  Based on their   favourite book it enhances both reading and speaking elements of the English   curriculum.

 

Resources to support learning

Additional teaching resources have   been required for the delivery of the small group literacy and numeracy   classes. In English text books have been bought which helps with   differentiation and coverage of key stage 2 criteria. In maths this is also   the case. Both subjects have also purchased a variety of Apps/computer   programmes  which students are able to   use on the school iPads which focus on literacy and numeracy.

 

In-class support for literacy and   numeracy

In all other areas of the curriculum   students are supported. There is an Learning Support Assistant deployed in   the classroom to assist and support, especially with literacy and numeracy   skills.

 

Lunchtime Clubs.

Opportunities for students to have   additional support are provided through reading or timetables clubs at   lunchtime.

 

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