Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-Up Premium
Mulberry School for Girls received an allocation of £8000 for the Literacy and Numeracy Catch-Up premium for the last academic year (2015/2016).
The allocation was used to contribute towards the summer scheme for those students who are allocated Catch-Up funding. The summer scheme allowed students an opportunity to become more familiar with Mulberry, and helped to ease students’ transition to secondary school. The literacy rich curriculum included the development of literacy skills in maths and science, as well as a major focus on reading for pleasure and using a library.
Review of the impact of the approach last year has shown that some students have made excellent progress during their time in Year 7. 3 students made at least a level of progress in Maths, with 4 students making at least a level of progress in English. In addition, 6 of the 16 pupils are supported by the provision of an Alternative Curriculum, which allows these pupils to focus on developing skills such as numeracy, literacy and social skills. The Catch-Up funding for the 2015/2016 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 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 e.g. clocks, books, to support learners
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 refining the approach used to support the identified students in the new Year 7 cohort. The newly created post of Year 7 Catch-Up Coordinator will devise a programme which not only aims to develop students’ literacy and numeracy skills, but which also aims to support students in a range of other ways. It is envisaged that by developing student confidence, liaising with parents and carers, supporting students in improving their organisational skills and by instilling a love of learning, that the identified students will be able to increase their rates of progress across the curriculum. Similar intervention strategies have been successful with Key Stage 4 students at Mulberry, and we will be using this experience and our knowledge of the cohort to tailor and shape the programme to match their individual needs.
In addition to using the 2016/2017 Catch-Up premium to allow the introduction of the Year 7 Catch-Up Coordinator post, the rest of the fund will be used in the following ways:
To enable targeted withdrawal groups to support students who require further intervention with developing their literacy and numeracy skills
To support the provision of trips / external visitors for the targeted students in order to maximise rates of progress e.g. through increasing engagement with learning
To allow the library to purchase extra resources which will be carefully selected to help to engage students in Reading / Maths