2016-17 Strategy

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
Reading Ages
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
2+ 92.86 50.98 100 62.3 100 87.5
3+ 85.71 24.48 93.75 37.01 93.8 70.4 Oct 16 to Mar 17 STAR 8.8 12.8
4+ 57.14 7.84 75 12.99 87.5 40.1
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
6+ 14.29 0 12.5 1.9 37.5 4.6
7+ NA NA NA NA 18.8 0.7
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
3+ NA NA 8.6 0.8 73.8 12.8
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
Strategy 1:
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.

Strategy 2:
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.