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Fresh Start Literacy Programme & Passport Maths

Fresh Start Literacy Programme & Passport Maths

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

Catch Up Premium

Introduction – what is ‘Catch Up’ premium?

Catch Up Premium is additional funding provided by the Government to schools for each Year Seven pupil who did not achieve at least level 4 in the Key Stage 2 national curriculum tests in reading and/or mathematics. The purpose of this funding is to enable schools to deliver additional support, such as individual tuition or intensive support in small groups, for those pupils that most need it.

Abraham Darby funding allocation

2017-2018

For the Academic year 2017-2018 we have a total of 33 pupils who did not achieve equivalent to Level 4 in Reading and/or Mathematics (NB: some pupils are below Level 4 in both).

Reading

Level <NC4 equivalence Score of <100 on the KS2 Reading test TOTAL
Number of pupils 18 33 33

 

Mathematics

Level <NC4 equivalence Score of <100 on the KS2 Maths test TOTAL
Number of pupils 29 35 35
  • The Government previously allocated £500 per eligible student to the Academy, so that it can help those students to close the gap, however in 2017-2018 schools received the same overall amount of year 7 catch-up premium funding they received in 2016 to 2017, adjusted to reflect the percentage change in the size of their year 7 cohort. This equated to a 7.6% increase and a funding level of £14,948.

What the funding is used for?

The Academy decides how its ‘Catch Up’ Funding is spent, since we are best placed to assess what additional provision is required to target the individual needs of the pupils at a local level. During 2017-2018 we will be funding the following initiatives:

*We are continuing to fund and use ‘Access Reading’ tests to help us to track, monitor and intervene with those pupils whose reading ages are not where we might expect.

*Pupils entering the Academy with NC Level 3 or below in English have been timetabled for additional literacy and/or booster sessions (‘fresh start’ phonics). The average group size is approximately 10-12 pupils.

*We have trained our staff to use a range of approaches within these lessons eg use of co-operative learning and paired work so that pupils gain in confidence and self-esteem and develop a ‘can-do’ risk taking approach to learning

*Peer coaching programme – pupils are working in small groups with their Deputy Head of House Academic and sixth form buddies to help boost their literacy &/or numeracy skills during PRIME and INSIGHT.

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