All Secondary Schools receive a grant from the DfE to help students who did not reach the expected standard in Literacy and Numeracy in Key Stage 2 'Catch up' in Year 7 and 8. At Whitby High School we target pupils with a range of proven strategies in Maths and English with the aim of accelerating progress in the areas the students require extra support with.
The funding received by the school in 2017/18 was £26,149. There was a marginal increase in 2018/19 to £27,725. We have budgeted for £28,000 in 2019/20
Allocation of Funds
The £28,000 has funded:
2018/19 – ACTION AND IMPACT
In Year 7, 3 students began Lexia in September with a KS2 scaled reading score of 96 or below. Four new additions came during the year.
On average, they were equivalent to Year 3 Readers.
7 students have completed the course and are now secondary ready. Five are due to finish shortly.
In Year 8, 30 students worked on Lexia, 20 of which were continuing from Year 7. On average, students began Year 8 equivalent to Year 3 reading. By June, they had also improved to the standard of reading equivalent to Year 5.
5 students have completed the course and are now secondary ready. A further 6 are set to complete in the coming weeks.
Year 7 PIXL CODE
A small number of 10 students with the weakest literacy skills had additional lessons, using PIXL Code. This has been reviewed and is being replaced in 2019/20
For 4 months during 2019, 60 pupils from years 7 and 8 had an additional lesson once a week to complete a bespoke intervention programme on a piece of software called Maths Whizz. This was aimed at pupils who scored a KS2 scaled score of less than 103. After completing an initial assessment, the software gives each pupil a Maths and designs a personalised intervention pathway for pupils, showing them animations of their identified weak topics, re testing them regularly and adjusting the topics when appropriate.
Initial assessments suggested that no pupil had a Maths age equivalent to their age. An improvement in Maths age was seen by all pupils who took part in the programme. A consultation with a representative of Maths Whizz informs us that progress seems slow to begin with as pupils have lots of topics that they need to work on so re-
Additional lessons of Lexia will be provided for three groups of students in Y7 (15% of Y7) and two in Y8 with a KS2 score <95, focusing initially on phonology before moving onto spelling and comprehension.
Pupils in Year 8 who have completed the Lexia programme are referred to paired reading schemes with K Roberts to aid transition.
Newly identified pupils in Year 8 are beginning the programme based on data from English and Learning Support.
We are currently working with Lexia to implement POWER UP – a unit designed to develop year 7 reading skills
Fresh Start, a package by Ink Incorporated is being used with 10 students Year 7 once a week as a replacement for PIXL Code. Initial reports from preliminary tests are very positive because it engages students and really targets reading, writing and spelling with a small number of students who have the weakest literacy skills.
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