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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

Number of students and Catch-Up Premium received

Total number of students on roll 2018-19

303

Total number of students eligible for catch-up premium funding

according to ESFA publication March 2019

35: 2012 -13

30: 2013-14

34: 2014-15

35: 2015-16

37: 2016-17

35: 2017-18

37: 2018-19

Amount of catch-up premium funding received per student

£471.43 per student

Total amount of Catch-Up Premium funding received £17,443
Total Spent £17,302.52

Our Aims:

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

2018-2019 Objectives:

  1. To continue to support the developments in reading by maintaining and where appropriate extending the number of reading mentors within the academy.
  2. To incorporate more practical numeracy to the department to assist the students with their passion for the subjects.
  3. To fully utilise the new numeracy intervention co-ordinator and TA by creating targeted groups in mathematics and numeracy for them to support. Maintain the work with the Literacy coordinator and TAs.
  4. To ensure that both literacy and numeracy are supported through the Department Review Process, within maths and English as well as other subjects.
  5. To transfer all Catch-up tracking to the Mark Sheets in SIMS
  6. To continue to combine with Pupil Premium (for LAC students in their PEPs) to develop ‘Reading for Life’ by ensuring that inference and comprehension skills are linked to all reading.
  7. To continue to work within the Kent Literacy Awards framework and commence work in a numeracy equivalent scheme.
  8. To continue to review and improve resources within both departments
  9. To continue to seek out good quality external support for literacy and numeracy to compliment the work within the academy.
  10. To further develop a student passion for literacy and numeracy.

2017-18 Objectives:

  • To further develop the students’ positive attitudes to reading by maintaining and extending the number of reading mentors available within the academy.
  • To extend the previous year’s aim of refining tracking systems by fully incorporating the Interventions module in SIMS. This will allow for tracking of impact and cost.
  • To implement the handwriting programme throughout Year 7 and further years within the academy by ensuring that all relevant teachers/zones have the necessary resources.
  • To continue to combine with Pupil Premium (for LAC students in their PEPs) to develop ‘Reading For Life’ by ensuring that inference and comprehension skills are linked to all reading.
  • To continue to work within the Kent Literacy Awards framework and investigate a numeracy equivalent.
  • To continue to raise literacy and numeracy profiles across the curriculum by ensuring that lesson plan monitoring, work scrutiny, lesson observations and department reviews identify and celebrate it.
  • To review and improve the literacy and numeracy resources, such as IXL, Numicon, and the Accelerated packages.
  • To continue to support the developments in reading by maintaining and where appropriate extending the number of reading mentors within the academy.
  • To incorporate more practical numeracy to the department to assist the students with their passion for the subjects.
  • To fully utilise the new numeracy intervention co-ordinator by creating targeted groups in mathematics and numeracy for her to support.
  • To ensure that both literacy and numeracy are supported through the Department Review Process, within maths and English as well as other subjects.
  • To transfer all Catch-up tracking to the Mark Sheets in SIMS
  •  To continue to combine with Pupil Premium (for LAC students in their PEPs) to develop ‘Reading For Life’ by ensuring that inference and comprehension skills are linked to all reading.
  • To continue to work within the Kent Literacy Awards framework and commence work in a numeracy equivalent scheme.
  • To continue to review and improve resources within both departments
  • To continue to seek out good quality external support for literacy and numeracy to compliment the work within the academy.

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.

2016-17

  • 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.

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.

Within the 2017-18 academic year strategies that had been trialled in English were undertaken by the mathematics department to further boost the performance in numeracy. These proved successful.

For 2018-2019 the interventions for numeracy were maintained and extended. Both departments further invested in technology to support the students. The mathematics department also began to undertake developmental work around comprehension within the department. The specific targets were:

  1. To continue to support the developments in reading by maintaining and where appropriate extending the number of reading mentors within the academy.
  2. To incorporate more practical numeracy to the department to assist the students with their passion for the subjects.
  3. To fully utilise the new numeracy intervention co-ordinator and TA by creating targeted groups in mathematics and numeracy for them to support. Maintain the work with the Literacy coordinator and TAs.
  4. To ensure that both literacy and numeracy are supported through the Department Review Process, within maths and English as well as other subjects.
  5. To transfer all Catch-up tracking to the Mark Sheets in SIMS
  6. To continue to combine with Pupil Premium (for LAC students in their PEPs) to develop ‘Reading for Life’ by ensuring that inference and comprehension skills are linked to all reading.
  7. To continue to work within the Kent Literacy Awards framework and commence work in a numeracy equivalent scheme.
  8. To continue to review and improve resources within both departments
  9. To continue to seek out good quality external support for literacy and numeracy to compliment the work within the academy.
  10. To further develop a student passion for literacy and numeracy.

Impact of Funding

  • Increased whole academy awareness of literacy and numeracy.
  • Increased confidence in reading and storytelling.
  • Interventions sessions impacted positively on 73 students across KS3-5 for their literacy development. 29 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 well over 1 million 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 lower site is being accessed by all students.
  • Awarded the Kent Messenger, Platinum Award for Busters Book Club, Oct 2019.

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

Future Deployment

In addition to maintain and developing the aims for 2018 – 2019, The academy will focus on ensuring that there is more parity around the interventions for English and maths.

Currently there is a daily literacy challenge, and similar for maths is needed.  With the development of the new learning communities the English and maths Subject Leads have committed to using a portion of the Catch-up fund to developing the SCERTS classrooms for our most complex students.