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In 2017/2018, the school received £15,075 for catch up funding. The literacy and numeracy catch up sessions were run during the school day. Both English and Maths catch up sessions ran in small groups of up to four students at a time. Additionally, students identified for English worked on a specific computer programme during a term and with a teacher for a period a week in another term.

Subject

Number of students identified

Number of students that completed both English and Maths

English

28

15

Maths

28

The English faculty initially focused on a re-visit of basic retrieval skills as well as skills for the ‘big mark’ questions to ensure progress was positive rather than negative. To measure impact, Baseline Tests and Collection 1 data were compared with teacher assessment for Collection 3 following end of year exams. Students made positive progress of at least two sub-grades.

A second group focused on ‘big mark’ questions for Reading Skills (AO2 and AO4). Progress was measured by breaking down outcomes for these questions and comparing Baseline Tests with end of year exams. For AO2, student averages increased from 30% to 80% and for AO4, from 27% to 95%

The Maths Faculty focused on generic skills that would allow students to access the secondary curriculum. When comparing the initial strengths and weaknesses matrix to the one at the end of the intervention it is clearly evident that the total number of skills that are now considered a strength has increased significantly, resulting in the students only having two to three weak areas as opposed to nine.

Both faculties have responded with positive progress made on students.

The 2018/2019 funding is being spent differently. There is a greater focus on peer-to-peer reading.