The Year 7 Catch Up Premium was introduced in 2013. This is allocated to students who did not achieve a level 4 in either Maths or English at the end of Key Stage 2. This funding (£9000 2015-16) is allocated to support these students to improve their Maths and English levels and to try and provide the best opportunities to allow them to catch up with other students in their year group. Once again, schools are free to spend this Premium as they see fit.
At Woodbrook Vale we use this funding in both English and Maths. In English the funding is used towards employing a HLTA to run the Fresh Start Program to support students in Year 7 and 8 that are identified as working below level 4 in English. Students are withdrawn to be provided with targeted small group support. The programme raises attainment rapidly in reading and writing. The programme boosts children’s confidence by matching what they read with the sounds they know using specially created age-appropriate texts and anthologies. Read Write Inc. Fresh Start provides clear and cumulative writing activities to build vocabulary and punctuation.
Read Write Inc. Phonics, Literacy & Language, Fresh Start and Spelling are highly successful literacy programmes for 4-13 year-olds created by Ruth Miskin and published by Oxford University Press. The training and support from Ruth Miskin Training, rated Outstanding by the Department for Education, ensure the programmes have the best chance of success in schools.
The Read Write Inc, programmes are carefully matched to the national curriculum, giving students the best chance of success. They show teachers, Higher Level teaching assistants and parents step-by-step how to teach all children to become fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers.
In Maths the funding is used to partly fund a HLTA to withdraw low prior attaining students. The small class sizes allow the students to get the support and help they need to make increased progress.
The Pupil Premium funding is also used to support these programs as the majority of students who are in the groups are eligible for Pupil Premium funding. To see how the Pupil Premium funding is allocated please click here.
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