In 15/16 the Academy received £7000 to support 14 students in Year 7 who had not reached the expected level in English or Maths at the end of Key Stage 2.
How We Spent our Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up Premium
1. Students were literacy tested using the NGRT testing system on the CATs testing day in July 2015 to ascertain what support they required. If a student’s score falls below a certain number, it indicates a reading age of lower than ‘literate’ (9.6 years). These students received intervention each week with a teacher who followed the LIT reading programme of study. They remained in this iliteracy intervention until they reached the required reading age to be classified as literate.
2. The school has recently purchased the Hegarty Maths online programme which uses video tools to teach maths to students and then tests their knowledge and skills. This is being used across the entire Year 7 cohort as the main way for students to work independently at home. Daily drop-ins after school are run by the maths team at Walthamstow Academy for students to partake in who are struggling to overcome a particular barrier after working independently on Hegarty Maths at home.
Impact of the Interventions
1. Year 7 made up the largest of our Literacy Intervention classes, yet a number of students moved out of Literacy Intervention withdrawal and back into MFL lessons due to making significant gains in their reading ages. Those who remain will continue to receive targeted intervention.
2. Every Year 7 student has logged into Hegarty Maths and completed homework activities. The drop-in sessions mean that we can target students who have not worked as much as we would expect them to.
Interventions planned for 16/17
We will continue with the interventions detailed above for 16/17 academic year. Funding for 16/17 is expected to be the same as for 15/16 at £7000.