Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up Premium
Literacy and Numeracy Catch Up Programmes at KS3
At Oasis Academy Shirley Park there are a significant number of students who have low prior attainment in English and Maths. These students require additional interventions in order to narrow the gap between them and their peers. These interventions are put in place both by our Ozone Learning Zone and within the English and Maths Learning Zones themselves. Those students in greatest need of support follow our Nuture Curriculum, with double the amount of Curriculum time focussed on Mathematics & Literacy to their higher attaining peers.
Identification of low attaining students
Early intervention is key to identifying students who are low prior attainers. These students are identified through liaison with primary schools during the year 6-7 transition process, observations during summer school, a screening process in their first weeks at the Academy in September including a Reading Age test and Key Stage 2 assessment outcomes.
The Year 7 English curriculum is designed to allow all students to make progress from their starting points. The reduced class size and personalised curriculum offered to all students with low prior attainment is designed to accelerate the progress of those students who are operating at significantly low levels. For students with reading age 9 or below, an additional programme of intervention using the Lexia programme is in place. The intervention is delivered as one-to-one or as a pair by the HLTAs.
The Year 7 Mathematics curriculum follows the Maths Mastery programme allowing all students to become confident Mathematicians. The reduced class size and personalised curriculum offered to all students with low prior attainment is designed to accelerate the progress of those students who are operating at significantly low levels. Additionally, our dedicated Mathematics HLTA works with those students most in need of support in order to help students catch up.
Students’ progress is assessed every half term and is recorded in the students’ files. Students’ progress are measured against their Progress Grade in English and or maths and their reading age in order to gauge the effectiveness of the interventions