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Bradfields Academy

Bradfields Academy

Year 7 Catch-Up Funding

Year 7 Literacy & Numeracy Catch-Up Funding

The Department for Education (DfE) provided additional funding for all students in Year 7 from 2012 onwards, who achieved below their age related expectations at the end of KS2. This additional funding is to be used by schools/academies to provide literacy and numeracy catch-up support for Year 7 students. It is designed to help students catch up as quickly as possible. In the case of our cohorts it is to be used to boost rates of progress as opposed to expectations for increasing attainment to age related in light of specific learning needs.

Academy Context

Total number of students eligible for catch-up premium funding

35 : 2012 -13

30 : 2013-14

34 : 2014-15

35 : 2015-16

37 : 2016-17

Amount of catch-up premium funding received per student

£500 per student

The academy received £18,500 Catch Up funding for 2016-17.

Our Aims:

At Bradfields the Catch Up funding is being used to work towards achieving the following aims:

2016-17 Objectives:

  • To further build upon success with reading in 2015-16.
  • To look to refine the tracking system for targeted interventions.
  • To develop whole academy handwriting programme
  • To combine with Pupil Premium targeting to develop strategies to enhance reading comprehension skills and the ability to infer.
  • To focus on literacy strategies to support the more complex Programme 1 group of students.
  • To work towards achieving the Kent Literacy Award for initiatives.
  • To further raise whole academy literacy and numeracy awareness.

Previously at Bradfields the funding has enabled us to achieve the following aims:

2012-13 Objectives :

  • To raise attainment in reading age.
  • To encourage students to develop a love of reading.
  • To narrow the gap between boys and girls progress in Maths.

2013-14

  • To raise attainment in reading and writing.
  • To develop level of comprehension.
  • To develop fine motor skills to impact on quality of hand writing.
  • To further narrow the gap between boys and girls progress in Maths and English. 

2014-15

  • To continue to increase reading skills and achievement.
  • To focus on writing – particularly letter formation, sentence structures and punctuation.
  • To improve comprehension skills and the ability to infer.
  • To develop an even greater range of different resources and interventions to further support students.

2015-16

  • To further build upon success with reading in 2015-16
  • To look to refine tracking system for targeted interventions
  • To develop whole academy handwriting programme
  • To combine with Pupil Premium targeting to develop strategies to enhance reading comprehension skills and the ability to infer.
  • To focus on literacy strategies to support more complex Programme 1 students.
  • To work towards achieving the Kent Literacy Award for initiatives.
  • To further raise whole academy literacy and numeracy awareness and cross-curricular approach.

Deployment of Funding

Specifically this has involved targeting individual literacy and numeracy needs through specialist led interventions provided in either 1:1 or small groups to support the development of a range of skills including: fine and gross motor skills development; letter recognition, writing sentences; organising ideas in writing; and, early literacy.

The funding has also been used to develop Year 7 students’ interest and development in their writing skills, storytelling and reading. We have also further built upon existing reading provisions and widened the range of books available for Home Learning. A key numeracy focus has been on increasing access to online resources both in our academy and for students at home which is designed to further develop and build upon their existing skills, knowledge and understanding through a personalised route. This has proved very successful with the students and has had a positive impact on students’ progress within Maths.

For 2014-15, we further built upon the success of our literacy and numeracy drive. For literacy we focused on reading for pleasure in collaboration with the Busters Book Club Scheme, Kent Messenger and the development of writing through collaborating with Pop UP Projects (http://pop-up.org.uk/) which provided students with an opportunity to work with authors to produce their own written pieces and share their success with academy community. For Numeracy we further developed the range of specific targeted intervention sessions and opportunities for numeracy based enrichment workshops.

The new Bradfields Library was also opened which has further enhanced the range of reading texts available and through greater use of technology we have increased the access to and use of e-books and apps.

Bradfields Academy was awarded the Busters Book Club Gold Literacy Mark (2014-15), in recognition of our impact in raising students and parents/carers engagement in reading. Only nine schools/academies across Medway received this award.

For 2015-16, we further built upon our successes with reading which was recognised through the Busters Book Club Platinum Literacy Mark. We also developed a whole academy handwriting focus and have combined with Pupil Premium targeting to develop strategies to enhance reading comprehension skills and the ability to infer, this work was recognised through gaining the Kent Literacy Award for the Most Inclusive Interventions across Medway.

Impact of Funding (remove full stops from the end of bullet list)

  • Increased whole academy awareness of literacy and numeracy
  • Increased confidence in reading and storytelling
  • Interventions sessions impacted positively on 48 students across KS3-5 for their literacy development. 7 students received 1:1 session for numeracy across Y7-8.
  • Increased engagement in reading across the whole academy
  • Increase in reading level progress across KS3 as shown by reading data and reading progress awards
  • Further increase in online access to Maths programmes at home and as a result an increase in the percentage of time spent completing maths Home Learning and a positive impact on students’ progress
  • All students across the academy were afforded the opportunity to work with a range of authors.
  • Every student within the academy had the opportunity to engage with a range of workshops including storytelling, puzzles and theatre performances.
  • Development and active use of the academy library.
  • Total home learning reading time on a Wednesday increased to 67,788 minutes across the academy.
  • The gap between progress in English and Maths is closing rapidly.
  • Greater ranges of reading books are now available for Home Learning, which have had a positive impact and increased student reading ages.
  • Story telling workshops have enabled students to positively engage in the learning, develop greater confidence and further build upon their ability to use descriptive language. These have been linked to their topics within their English lessons resulting in improved vocabulary and progress with their fictional writing.
  • Maths Fresh Water Theatre Company has presented two shows which helped to develop students’ confidence to engage with a range of maths rules in a practical way.
  • KS3 Programme 1 students have iPads to support their literacy and numeracy development. These have positively impacted on their ability to complete their learning and have helped to improve concentration levels.
  • The new library provision in the Yellow Zone is being accessed by all students.
  • Awarded the Kent Literacy Award for the Most Inclusive Interventions, Medway Region June 2016.
  • Awarded the Kent Messenger, Platinum Award for Busters Book Club, Oct 2016

For more specific examples of intervention impact please see the attached report.

Future Deployment

We intend to further develop and build upon current successes through the Literacy and Numeracy Intervention provisions. We will also be continuing to work with 'Pop Up' to provide another full week of workshops with authors in 2017 which will culminate in an academy wide celebration of literacy. We will also continue with the storytelling and theatre workshops and continue to build the range of reading books/e-books available to all students.

Our work will continue to include :

  • A focus on the development of literacy comprehension and improved handwriting.
  • Extending the range of books in our new library provision.
  • Increasing access to our Reading Mentor programme.

 Year 7 Catch-Up Funding Report