Catch up Statement

 

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

Rationale

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.

Staffing

Miss Harding - Literacy (32.5 hours)

Developments

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. 

Data Tracking

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 Training

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.

Outcomes

Year GroupNo. of students who had interventionNo. of students who have made progress to 4c at PC3No. of students who have improved their reading/numeracy age
71580%47%
81050%40%
99*33%78%

 

Accelerated Reader

Rationale

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.

Staffing

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.

Developments

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.

Data Tracking

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 Training

Staff have participated in training to develop their skills as practitioners.  This has been done in house. 

Outcomes

Year 7 - Functional Literacy*

Reading AgeSeptember 2016January 2017
12 or above31%37%
Between 10-1240%39%
Less than 1029%24%

 

Year 8 - Functional Literacy*

Reading AgeJune 2016September 2016January 2017
12 or above37%40%43%
Between 10-1233%33%33%
Lesson than 1030%27%24%

* Functional literacy is widely regarded as having a reading age of 12 or above. 

 

 

 

 

 

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