126 students in Reading and 103 students in Mathematics arrived at TRGA (September 2016) with a score of 100 or below in KS2 tests equating to Level 4c or lower. 83 students in Reading and 53 in Mathematics achieved a score of 95 or below.
The English Approach
Strategy 1: Ruth Miskin ‘Fresh Start’
7.10 (HFU in English lessons) and 6 selected students in Year 8 (Trudy Morton – HLTA) started Ruth Miskin ‘Fresh Start’ in November. This is a 5 hour a week (part of their 7 hours of English a week), phonics-based programme for students in upper primary or early secondary.
Strategy 2: Lexia
7.7 Before-school intervention before Easter to use Lexia to supplement their 5 hour a week provision
7.8 and 7.9 use Lexia in English lessons as part of their 7 hour a week provision.
Strategy 3: News Groups (for students with a score of 95 or below)
All students scoring below 95 in KS2 English Reading meet in the Library or Atrium on Friday – small reading and speaking groups based on news and current affairs organised by Year 9 ambassadors.
Strategy 4: Peer-reading
Selected catch-up students from 7C3 and 7C5 in the Library during reading lessons were given one to one reading support from Elliott Hudson students (Tuesday: 3 EHC students; Friday: 2 EHC students).
How we are measuring impact:
NC Levels; Reading ages (Group Reading test – sentence completion test); AR STAR tests (Oct / Dec / Mar / June); Lexia progress reports (intervention groups); Single Word Reading Test (‘Fresh Start’ students only)
|NC Levels in English
% of students eligible for catch up in Y7
Av. increase in Reading Ages in months
|Date||SL.O.P||CU up to Yr8 AP1||Non CU up to Yr8 AP1||CU up to Yr8 AP2||Non CU up to Yr8 AP2||CU up to Yr8 AP3||Non CU up to Yr8 AP3||Date||CU||Non CU|
|2015-16 (Current Year 8: 26)||1+||100||78.4||100||83.7||100||90.8||Oct 15 to Nov 16 GRT||21.9||17.4|
|3+||85.71||24.48||93.75||37.01||93.8||70.4||Oct 16 to Mar 17 STAR||8.8||12.8|
|5+||21.43||1.96||37.5||3.25||81.2||13.8||Oct 16 to May 17 SWRT (4 Fresh Start students)||48||NA|
|Date||SL.O.P||CU upto Yr7 AP1||Non CU upto Yr7 AP1||CU upto Yr7 AP2||Non CU upto Yr7 AP2||CU up to Y7 AP3||Non CU up to Yr7 AP3||Date||CU||Non CU|
|2016-17 (Current Year 7: 126)
49% boys 51 % girls)
|1+||18.75||8.76||71.4||34.7||100||81.6||Nov 16 to Nov 17 GRT||N/A||N/A|
|2+||4.17||0.73||36.2||14.2||94.1 (48% boys)||54.4|
|4+||NA||NA||NA||NA||27.2||2.4||Oct 16 to Mar 17 STAR||7.3||10.2|
|5+||NA||NA||NA||NA||9.7||NA||Oct 16 to May 17 SWRT (9 Fresh Start students||9||N/A|
The Mathematics Approach
Year 7 Strategy: Prior to Easter
Each of the 53 Year 7 students has been assigned an additional 30-minute lunchtime session, in a small group of between 6 and 8 students that focusses on basic key mathematical skills. These sessions focus on learning times tables, up to 10 x 10 and four operations.
The 50 Year 7 students who arrived with the equivalent of a 4c attend a weekly 45-minute mathematics session, in groups of between 15 and 20 students. These sessions again focus on times tables and the four operations.
Year 7 Strategy: Post Easter
Students who were working a level 5c or above stopped receiving additional catch up lessons. Students were regrouped and students who came in below expected and that are still working below a L5 continue to have additional lessons, outside of the timetable, to enhance their numeracy skills.
Year 8 Strategy:
There are 18 students in Year 8 who are working at a Level 4c or below. Two of these students, working at below at or below a Level 2 receive one additional session per week focussing on Mathematics with the Assistant Principal i/c inclusion. The other 16 students will receive small group intervention in form time with the Assistant Leader of Mathematics from January 2017.
How we are measuring impact:
NC Levels in Maths
Students eligible for catch up in current year 8: 27
Current Year 8 catch up that have made 5+ sub-levels of progress, as of June 2017: 62.5%, compared to 36.9% of non-catch up students.
Students eligible for catch up in year 7: 103
Students eligible for catch up in year 7 with KS2 TL: 87
Current year 7 catch up students that have made 2+ sub-levels of progress as of June 2017: 88.6% compared to 78.52% of non-catch up students.
Current year 7 catch up students that have made 3+ sub-levels of progress as of June 2017: 62.5% compared to 53.02% of non-catch up students.