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Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-Up Premium

Mulberry School for Girls received an allocation of £8038 for the Literacy and Numeracy Catch-Up premium for the last academic year (2016/2017).

The allocation was used to contribute towards running small group sessions with students in order to develop their Maths skills. In addition, 29 students from Year 7 and Year 8 completed a 10 week academic mentoring scheme each week after school during the summer term of 2017. The students completed a baseline assessment in either Maths or English in order to identify their particular areas for development, and then worked with their mentors who provided personalised and targeted support to allow them to improve.

Review of the impact of the approach last year has shown that some students have made excellent progress. For example, the assessments completed during the mentoring process showed a 2 grade improvement for 36% of the students receiving English support (based on the Team Up mentoring scheme grading system). For 5 students (out of 15), progress was also evident in English through improvements seen via the school’s internal 1 to 9 grading system by the end of the summer term. For those receiving support for Maths, there was a 66% increase in the proportion of students judged to be working at the target threshold grade (based on the Team Up mentoring scheme grading). 8 out of the 14 students receiving support for Maths had progress evident through improvements seen via the school’s internal 1 to 9 grading system by the end of the summer term (with 6 of these students moving up to the next grade).

The mentoring scheme therefore seems to have had more impact to support students in Maths than in English. It could however be that the scheme has had impact for the students, but that this was not perceivable via the school’s summer term assessments. On a 1 to 5 scale (1 = strongly disagree, 5 = strongly agree), 90% of the students gave a 4 or above for the statement “I am now doing better in this subject”, and 80% of students gave a 4 or more for the statement “I am more confident in the subject”. It is hoped that this improved confidence will help students with their studies of English and Maths as they move further up the school.

The Catch-Up funding for the 2016/2017 cohort is still to be used in its entirety, and the intention is to use the rest of the funding in the following ways:

To enable targeted withdrawal groups / mentoring to support students who still require further intervention with developing their literacy and numeracy skills

To support staff CPD in order to further develop specific expertise at Mulberry in accelerating rates of progress and devising appropriate interventions for students who are allocated Catch-Up funding

To allow the English, Maths and Support for Learning teams to purchase specific resources

To release colleagues in order to allow them to complete peer observations in order to share good practice in maximising rates of progress in literacy / numeracy

The impact of these approaches will be further evaluated following the full deployment of the Catch-Up premium for this cohort.

For the current academic year, we are likely to receive an allocation which is approximately the same as in 2016/2017. Whilst emerging issues may lead to a need to adapt the strategy for deploying the fund, the current intention for the 2017/2018 funding is to use it in the following ways:

To enable targeted withdrawal groups / mentoring to support students who require further intervention with developing their literacy and numeracy skills

To release colleagues in order to allow them to complete peer observations in order to share good practice in maximising rates of progress in literacy / numeracy

To support work with tutors / parents aimed at improving performance in end of year exams e.g. developing and resourcing relevant independent learning activities, sharing information about assessments with parents and carers

To allow the library to purchase extra resources which will be carefully selected to help to engage students in Reading / Maths