Year 7 Catch Up Literacy Intervention

Due to the new GCSE becoming more challenging, it is imperative that all of our students start from a ‘level playing field’;  Year 7 students that have come to Burton Borough with less than 100 on their Reading and Grammar SAT Papers are receiving Catch-Up Intervention with Miss Neild, our Literacy Coordinator. The Intervention Program aims to get students working at the same level as their peers, as quickly as possible.

Students have been grouped into 4/5s based on the questions they struggled with in their SATs, as this allows us to group the students together based on their individual needs. It is a 6 week intervention program for improving students’ reading skills, along with spelling, punctuation and grammar through a range of activities.

The first cohort is underway and we will keep you updated on their progress.

Year 7 Catch up Numeracy Intervention

Students who have entered year 7 this year, with low levels of Numeracy have been given a baseline assessment which has been analysed to identify strengths and weaknesses for each student. This analysis has been shared with parents and carers and a planned priority for intervention is in place. The students prioritised are now receiving small group Numeracy Intervention, either with the SEND department or with Mrs Sharp (Maths Teacher). The students have been grouped dependant on their individual needs and a personalised plan of learning is in place for them. The baseline assessment will be repeated in the new year and progress reported.

Funding Allocation

For 2017-18 year and the 2016-17 year we have received £10,500 in catch up funding. We have used this money to help support the year 7s with one to one tutoring, with specialist subject teachers from within the school. We believe that this approach the best way to support pupils in making exceptional progress. 

Catch up Impact

Over the course of last year, the students who took part in the catch up intervention saw some outstanding results. Through STAR reading test students who the intervention increased their reading ages considerably with all students increasing reading ages between 5 months to 2years and 4 months. We are hoping to build on this progress this year and will publish our results once the intervention programme has been completed.