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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 2019-20

312

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

50: 2019-20

Amount of catch-up premium funding received per student

£471.44 per student

Total amount of Catch-Up Premium funding received £23,572
Total Spent £22,240.90

Our Aims:

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

2019-2020 Objectives:

  1. To extend the number of students supported by the Beanstalk Reading Mentors
  2. To provide resources for the SCERTS Classrooms to develop their literacy and numeracy delivery.
  3. To continue to promote collaboration between literacy and numeracy in sharing good practice.
  4. To continue to ensure that literacy and numeracy are promoted in all subjects. This will be done as part of the Department Monitoring and Reviews.
  5. To develop the notion of Reading for Life, by ensuring inference and comprehension skills are inked to all reading, and encourage reading in the community i.e. menus, timetables etc.
  6. Enter strategies into the KM Literacy Awards.
  7. To continue a constant review of resources within English and maths to support literacy and numeracy.
  8. To compliment learning with good quality external support for literacy and numeracy.
  9. Embed a passion for literacy and numeracy.

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

Previous Objectives 

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.

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.

2018-19 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.

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.

In 2019 – 2020 The aim of the Catch-Up funding was to enhance the literacy and numeracy input into the complex communities where they are taught by need specialists rather than subject specialists. In addition to this developing whole school strategies that support students in developing basic skills in mental arithmetic and creative writing. This academic year was cut short due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Impact of Funding

  • Students have a pride in their new equipment and begin to see a link with numeracy in other subjects rather than just in mathematics
  • All Bradfields’ students arrive with a delayed reading ability. The creation of a reading corner has instilled passion for the subject and a desire from students to improve their skills. This has not just been in Year 7.
  • Resources in all rooms support delivery of literacy and numeracy.
  • Students accessed the online scheme to read. More students are logging their progress.
  • Students have access to a wealth of books through the Kindles and those that require visual support can access this. It also allows for multiple copies of texts across devices.  Many younger students are adverse to books as they have not had a good experience with them.
  • The academy has had great success in the number of reading minutes logged by students and has received numerous awards from the KM for their innovative work.
  • Students are passionate about reading to their mentor. They look forward to sessions, and are pleased to demonstrate their progress.
  • Practical activities for students in solving puzzles. Students motivated to join in and solve problems.
  • Identified students targeted. They have enjoyed the intervention work and their progress is now ‘on track’.
  • Identified students targeted. They have enjoyed the intervention work and their progress is now ‘on track’.
  • Students readily engage in the weekly handwriting challenge. Students receive Penmanship Awards.
  • This scheme is where established authors come in and workshop with our students.

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

Future Deployment

2019- 2020 as an unusual academic year as formal education ceased at Easter. A number of spends had been identified and committed to prior to lockdown and these will be realised in this academic year. For example, the Pop Up Authors will attend when a Covid19 Safe strategy is in place to enable to do this, either face to face or remotely.

It has been announced that the Catch-up funding will not be in this format for the academic year 2020-2021. We await firm details as to the funding and to how it can be spent.

There will be a need in this year to replace a numeracy TA.