There are 2 core programmes that run across the school to support students in their catch up: Literacy group intervention and Accelerated Reader.
In addition to these there are a wide range of support cycles that are run by teaching staff, teaching assistants and support staff. These include stress management, organisation skills, interpersonal skills and a self-esteem group to name just a few.
Literacy Group Intervention
Any KS3 student who joins Kingsmead with a KS2 results that was below a level 4c is entitled to additional intervention from the government's catch up programme. This is to improve their literacy and numeracy skills to enable them to succeed throughout school. In the past Kingsmead has provided additional intervention to those who struggle with reading or with spelling and maths.
Miss Harding - Literacy (32.5 hours)
Since September we have been really specific in the students that we have identified to participate in the additional interventions in literacy and numeracy. This is to ensure we are targeting the right students. This has had a major impact in the success of the programmes. Staff have grouped students in accordance to their ability and have worked with the students closest to a level 4 first to equip them with the skills to move forward.
Staff have had a new system implemented to track students and monitor their progress to ensure that we can evidence students success. As the data is held centrally in SIMS relevant English and Maths data can be imported to compare how the student is transferring the skills to the relevant subject following their intervention. Assessments are embedded throughout the process so we can closely monitor the students that need time to continue intervention or can be removed from the intervention as they are constantly doing well.
Staff have participated in training to devleop their skills as practitioners. This has been done in house and has been supported by local high schools. Staff have in turned trained teaching assistants to develop their skills to provide additional intervention work next year.
|Year Group||No. of students who had intervention||No. of students who have made progress to 4c at PC3||No. of students who have improved their reading/numeracy age|
All Year 7 and 8 students are part of the accelerated reader scheme. Students have a lesson of accelerated reader each week. Having completed quizzes and STAR tests, students are recommended a book level that will support improvements in their literacy. It is felt that good literacy skills underpin all learning and are vital for success both in secondary school and the world of work.
English staff and 3 members of SLT and Transition Leader. The programme is overseen by a member of the SLT team and a designated member of the English staff.
Kingsmead have been running accelerated reader for nearly 3 years. It has helped to promote reading across the school. The number of students who have functioning literacy has dramatically increased across this time. Students who make significant progress are rewarded within the school. Students who achieve <85% on book quizzes are put into a term reward run by the English department.
STAR tests help to focus intervention with students based on their need. This intervention doesn't just take place in accelerated reader lessons. 6th form paired reading each week and work with parents helps to raise students' levels.
Staff have participated in training to develop their skills as practitioners. This has been done in house.
Year 7 - Functional Literacy*
|Reading Age||September 2016||January 2017|
|12 or above||31%||37%|
|Less than 10||29%||24%|
Year 8 - Functional Literacy*
|Reading Age||June 2016||September 2016||January 2017|
|12 or above||37%||40%||43%|
|Lesson than 10||30%||27%||24%|
* Functional literacy is widely regarded as having a reading age of 12 or above.