Year 7 Catch-up Premium
Jarrow School received additional funding of £500 for year 7 students who did not achieve level 4 in Mathematics or English. The allocation for the academic year 2015/16 was £7,000. Primarily the additional allocation has been used to place targeted support in small groups.
The funding has been used in a variety of ways:
Targeted support (Staffing costs: £5,501, Lexia: £1,146)
In order to reinforce a strong skills base in reading, writing, spelling, comprehension and numeracy, our less able students are taught in small groups with the support of a Higher Level Teaching Assistant/Learning Support Assistant. Basic Skills lessons also take place every week allowing our students to develop the necessary skills required to access the curriculum with added confidence.
Whole school literacy and numeracy
Throughout all subject areas there is a strong focus on the development of literacy and numeracy. This is also reinforced during assemblies and with our strong links with the local library service.
Whole school use of differentiation
A differentiated approach to learning ensures that individual needs are met and that all of our students have access to a broad and balanced curriculum that is both suitable to their abilities whilst still providing challenge enabling progress to be made.
Additional resources (£732)
The additional funding has assisted with the purchase of additional reading and numeracy programmes and texts to support our students. It has also helped us to purchase ebooks to help promote reading with our reluctant readers.
Impact of catch up funding
Progress and improvement are measured through our assessment routines. The analysis of data, progress, effort and behaviour patterns are all taken into account when looking for patterns and trends. In order to meet the needs of individual students, support has been adapted where necessary.
Results analysis of our targeted students indicates that 80% of students made progress in English with 67% of students moving up to level 4. In Maths, 90% of students made progress with 67% of students moving up to level 4.
Throughout Key Stage 3 there will be continuous monitoring of this group.
Academic year 2016-2017
As of yet, funding for 2016-17 has not been released. However after evaluation of the programme, further resources have been purchased building upon the good practice already in place. We have a range of intervention strategies to improve reading and numeracy skills which supplement day to day teaching. These include: targeted numeracy tuition using Level Up Maths, a phonics corrective reading programme, one to one tuition using Toe by Toe and the Lexia reading programme for small targeted groups. These are all managed by a group of well-trained Higher Level Teaching Assistants and Learning Support Assistants. We have also a nurture group in year 7 who follow a graded reading comprehension scheme along with a structured spelling programme for high and medium frequency words.