KS3 Catch-Up Premium Planning & Reflection 2016-2017

English

For the year 2017-18 we will continue to make English intervention timings structured and consistent by allowing interventions to interrupt a range of subjects across the timetable. Once again, this continued work will be carried out by an existing member of the department who will liaise with the class teachers of our targeted students, enabling greater insight into students' needs.  Our intervention teacher will run specific skills-based workshops for small groups (1-5 students), tailoring personalised sessions according to what is required.​

Overview

Intervention will continue to focus on writing skills and will consist of Tiger Moth Writing Workshops and Spitfire Workshops. It will involve working with small groups of identified students in Year 7 that arrive at the Academy with below floor targets (based on KS2 data from primary schools and baseline testing on entry), or any student where the teacher has concerns about progress in writing.

Intended Overall Outcomes

Identified students should benefit from small group personalised tuition to secure greater levels of confidence, progress and attainment in their writing.

Intended Subject Outcomes

Students will be given support to improve their writing skills.  A focus on the planning and editing processes of writing will help students to develop their ideas, express them accurately and structure them effectively.  In addition, they will be supported in identifying and improving particular aspects of spelling, grammar and punctuation.

A further aim within the personalised Scheme of Learning devised for targeted students will be to challenge students’ negative perceptions of English and encourage more enthusiasm for, and enjoyment of, the subject.

How Impact will be Measured

Progress will be measured by a comparison of students’ levels achieved in writing at the beginning and at the end of the intervention period.


English Measurement and Comparison Table for 2016-2017 

Total Budgeted Cost

£4270

Overview of intervention 

Intervention for small groups of identified students in Year 7 that arrive at the Academy with below floor targets (based on KS2 data from primary schools and baseline testing on entry). Additionally, students who are making less progress than expected in their class work were included in these intervention groups. Groups of between two and five students generally received 1x60minute sessions per week over a half term. This style of intensive small group tuition is The Government’s recommendation for spending. It is also highlighted as beneficial from the research conducted by Sutton Trust who found small group tuition leads to an improved score of +4 months.  Some students received occasional one-to-one tuition, also recommended by the government.

 

Intended Overall Outcomes 

Identified students benefit from small group tuition to secure greater levels of engagement, progress and attainment. 

Intended Subject Outcomes 

 

 

Students are given support to develop their reading and writing skills to improve their ability to access texts and independently comment on and ask questions about them. Students develop their ability to commit their ideas to paper, writing them out fully and structuring them effectively.  In addition, they were supported in identifying and improving particular aspects of spelling, grammar and punctuation.

Another aim of the personalised Scheme of Learning devised for targeted students was to encourage students to reflect on their learning in English and to challenge students’ sometimes negative perceptions of the subject.

How impact is to be measured 

Progress was measured by a comparison of KS2 data and Yr7 Teacher Assessments to identify the increase.

Impact of the Intervention

Out of the 7 students who undertook this literacy programme,

100% made 1+ sublevel of progress, 86% made 2+ sublevels of progress, 43% made 3+ levels of progress and 14% made 4 sublevels of progress.

100% of targeted students attained level 4 by the end of Year 7.

Reflection and planning for Catch-up premium 2017/18

 

 

Most pupils seemed to thrive in a small group or one-to-one setting and to grow in confidence.  However, it would be prudent to consider groupings carefully – perhaps including a wider range of abilities and genders - in order to avoid some issues of behaviour and low-self-esteem encountered with certain pupils this year. 

Better communication with the class teacher and parents/carers would also help to tailor sessions to pupils’ needs and enable them to apply their learning from intervention more effectively in classwork, homework and assessments.

Developing the use of ICT by trialling Century as a diagnostic tool could greatly enhance students’ personalised learning and help us to monitor progress more effectively.


Mathematics

The department has taken a three-step plan to support students with Maths catch up. The first step once students are identified is to run a Numeracy Challenge group that meets during tutor time. This includes using numeracy prefects and the Maths Teaching Assistant. Students work through a combination of current work that students have questions about coupled with a targeted programme that allows students to study topics that enable them to catch up.

The second step involves the use of intervention and support linked to personalised skills which are identified through the use of our continuous assessment scheme. This is done in small groups with students.

The third step involves an evening where parents are invited to the Academy and shown best ways to support students at home. This involves tuition using a programme called Hegarty Maths.

Overview

Intervention will continue to focus on key skills from Year 6 and Year 7 programmes of study. It will involve working with small groups of identified working with small groups of identified students in Year 7 that arrive at the Academy with below floor targets (based on KS2 data from primary schools and baseline testing on entry), or any student where the teacher has concerns about progress in Maths.

Intended Overall Outcomes

Identified students should benefit from small group personalised tuition to secure greater levels of confidence, progress and attainment in their Mathematical skills.

Intended Subject Outcomes

Students will be given support to develop their Mathematical skills and ultimately to be at the age-related expectation in Maths. The work is also designed to be fun and engage students. We aim for students to be able to see evidence of their own progress and that Maths can be interesting and relevant to their lives.

How Impact will be Measured

Progress will be measured by a comparison of students’ attainment in Maths at the start and at the end of the intervention period.

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