Fresh Start is a rapid ‘learn to read’ programme, which aims to ensure that children who are or have been struggling to acquire fluent reading are taught this skill as quickly as possible.
The programme also addresses comprehension, spelling and writing skills to ensure that all children can understand what they read and express their thoughts in their own writing.
Pupils who join the Academy in Y7 with <NC4 or equivalence in reading are automatically enrolled on the programme so that we can help them to close this gap.
The scheme is now in its sixth year.
The impact of these interventions is shown below.
|2016 – 2017||Upon Entry in Y7||At the end of Y7||Change|
|Average Reading Age||10 years 3 months||13 years and 6 months||3 years and 3 months|
|Average Spelling Age||7 years 3 months||11 years and 10 months||4 years and 7 months|
Four stand out ‘star’ pupils improved their reading ages by at least +86 months during the 10 month time frame. A fifth ‘star’ pupil boosted his spelling age by +137 months during the 10 month time frame.
Reading and Spelling are a priority for all academy pupils. Our 73 Pupil Premium pupils improved their spelling ages by an average of +45 months, compared with an average of +29 months achieved by their 104 Non Pupil Premium counterparts. In terms of reading ages the average gain for all NPP pupils was +24 months in a 10 month time frame, allowing them to steal a slight lead on our PP pupils, who gained +20 months.
As of July 2017 12/16 pupils who joined us with a below chronological age for reading, had closed the gap. The remaining four pupils have boosted their reading ages from between <5.06 and 7.01 years to between 8.06 and 11.08 years, an average gain of 51 months over the course of 10 months at ADA. 4/16 pupils who joined us with a below chronological age for spelling had closed the gap. The remaining 12 pupils began the year with spelling ages of between 4.11 and 8.11 years. They now have reading ages of between 6.10 and 11.07 years, an average gain of 50 months over the course of 10 months at ADA.
December 2016: We started an equivalent numeracy scheme, ‘Passport to Maths’ with 20 of our Maths pupils, 18 of whom joined the Academy with <NC4 or equivalence.
|2016 – 2017||Number of pupils||Progress (Aut)||Progress (Sum)|
|NC Level 1b||2||making > exp progress||100% making exp progress|
|NC Level 2b||1||100% making exp progress||making > exp progress|
|NC Level 3c||5||100% making > exp progress||100% making > exp progress; 80% > exp progress|
|NC Level 3b||7||75% making at least expected progress||100% making > exp progress|
|NC Level 3a||3||100% making expected progress; 40% making >exp progress||100% making expected progress; 67% making >exp progress|
Of the 20 pupils following Passport to Maths, 8 are Pupil Premium, 12 are non pupil premium. Their progress is charted below.
|2016 – 2017||Pupil Premium||Non Pupil Premium||PP – NPP difference|
|% making at least expected progress||100||100||0|
|% making > expected progress||75||75||0|
Given the success of these tried and tested schemes in helping our pupils to close the gap, we will be continuing these in 2017-2018.
Evidence of impact in previous years.
|2015-2016||Upon entry in Y7||At the end of Y7||change|
|Average Reading Age||8 years 9 months||10 years 1 month||+16 months|
|Average Spelling Age||6 years 6 months||9 years 11 months||+41 months|
|2014-2015||Upon entry in Y7||At the end of Y7||change|
|Average Reading Age||8 years 9 months||10 years 3 month||+18 months|
|Average Spelling Age||8 years 0 months||9 years 3 months||+15 months|