The Literacy lessons support students to develop their basic reading skills and accelerate their progress in reading. The Literacy teacher improves reading skills through developing active reading strategies, incorporating repetition and over-learning within multisensory teaching, delivering small group guided reading sessions and using software such as the Nessy programme.
Within the Literacy lessons, the Partnership for Literacy (P4L) intervention Programme, devised by Dyslexia Action, is implemented and delivered in 1-1 sessions by the Teaching Assistant attached to the group, allowing for a more individualised phonic approach to improving reading and spelling for targeted students.
Individual literacy lessons to develop reading skills are conducted for targeted Y7 students who are not on the Applied Learning Pathway. These are delivered by Teaching Assistants. P4L materials may be used if appropriate, or students may follow specific inference or comprehension programmes as required. In their individual sessions, students can read openly in a calm environment, developing their confidence and skills. Teaching Assistants suggest appropriate reading material for the individual student.
Planned spend of Catch-Up Premium in 2019-20 – what are the priorities for this year?
This year, Year 7 Catch-Up will be specifically targeted at those students who achieve standardised scores of 95 or less in their end of Key Stage 2 tests in Reading and Maths. These students will be supported in the following ways, as well as by using strategies and approaches already outlined above:
Purchase of an IDL licence (online dyslexia and literacy programme that helps with reading skills).
Purchase of a new license for the Access Reading Test or New Group Reading Test to measure progress in reading throughout the year and inform interventions.
Purchase of a Reading Recovery programme, following a thorough review of available resources, feedback from other schools and best value analysis.
Training for a group of KS4 students and sixth form students to become reading buddies during registration/lunch time once a week.
Implement strategies recommended by EFA project.
Purchase of a staged online numeracy programme, again following a thorough review of available resources, feedback from other schools and best value analysis.
The school will also ensure that students who came to us with slightly higher Key Stage 2 scores than those of Catch-Up students, but who are still just below the expected standard, will receive the necessary support to make faster progress. Staff will be made aware that they did not quite reach expected standards in Key Stage 2 and may need targeted in-class intervention. Their progress will be monitored carefully and further intervention through 1-1, online or small group support will be provided if necessary.