Year 7 Catch Up
Year 7 Literacy Catch Up Funding 2019/2020
The Government has allocated funding to schools to support pupils who do not attain the Expected Standard in Literacy at the end of their primary schooling. This academic year the funding of £7657.62 at the Folkestone Academy will be used to:
- Continue to fund a specialist Literacy intervention course Read, Write Ink to work closely on an individual and small group basis with pupils who have not attained the Expected Standard in Literacy.
- Additional intervention will be provided to enable students not meeting the Expected Standard to access a broad range of performing arts activities targeted to assist students in the comprehension of Shakespeare and classic texts.
100% of students in Year 7 who arrived at the Academy in Sept 2019 who were two years below their chronological reading age were engaged in intensive small group support; interventions to develop fundamental literacy skills.
Read Write Inc
Every student in the Academy is assessed for reading age (using the NGRT tests) three times per year. Students below their chronological reading age sit a further reading test (WRAT). From this we identify those students with a reading age of below aged ten to follow the Read Write Inc Programme.
In Year 7, as of September 2019, there are thirty-three students identified for rapid intervention with a reading age of ten or below. These attend rapid and targeted phonics interventions, consisting of small group lessons (maximum ten) with specialised resources. Students are able to move between groups according to their progress with the aim of returning to lessons once they have reached a suitable standard of confidence in their reading and writing. All Read Write Inc sessions are timetabled against English, allowing students to slot back into their lessons once they are able to fully access the curriculum.
Reading age tests are carried out three times through the year to identify additional students who might benefit from the programme. Other students may be identified through class teaching and other methods.
There is a large and fully trained team of TAs and SEN specialists, led by a member of the English department who is a phonics and EAL specialist. Read Write Inc is closely supported by the SEND section. Extensive professional development has taken place with the Ruth Miskin organisation.
Other Literacy Support
In addition to Read Write Inc, Year 7 students are offered a range of interventions through the English mastery programme, close reading approaches in tutorial and throughout the whole Academy curriculum, DEAR days and the Accelerated Reader programme.
Year 7 Numeracy Catch Up Funding 2019/2020
The Government has allocated funding to schools to support pupils who do not attain the Expected Standard in Mathematics at the end of their primary schooling. This academic year the funding of £8,989 at Folkestone Academy will be used to:
- Continue to fund a numeracy and mathematics intervention teacher to work closely on an individual and small group basis with pupils who have not attained the Expected Standard in Mathematics. This will take place 6 times a week, ensuring that Year 7 students from both bands have required support.
- Intervention sessions are designed to improve understanding of our mastery curriculum, and run alongside main lessons, so that students are supported directly with the subject matter being learned in class.
- The teacher also supports particular students in lessons in one of our sets which has greater SEN(D) and EAL requirements.
Year 7 Numeracy Catch Up Funding 2018/2019
The Government allocated funding to schools to support pupils who do not attain the Expected Standard in Mathematics at the end of their primary schooling. In 2018-19 academic year the funding of £12,060.90 at Folkestone Academy was used to:
- Run Year 7 work groups, led by a mathematics teacher, to support those who had not attained the Expected Standard in Mathematics. The sessions targeted gaps in understanding in relation to our mastery curriculum. This improved progress and also provided a better foundation for further studies in Year 8.
- Funding was also used for increased in-class support as needed, particularly for students with SEN(D) and EAL requirements.