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Literacy and Numeracy Catch Up Fund

 

Due to the school closure for a large part of the academic year 2019.2020 the Academy is unable to provide a full review on the Literacy and Numeracy catch up strategy for last year.  However the KS4 progress score based on the DfE estimate and centre assessed grades is +0.96 for maths and +0.50 for English. .  These scores are in line with outcomes for previous years.

Year 7 Catch Up for English and Maths 2018-2019

Review between September 2018 to September 2019

English

At the start of year 7, seventy-two students were eligible for the Catch Up fund - a fund available to students who struggle to attain the minimum of a level 4.  When they first arrived at the Academy, 87.5% of these students were below a level 4 and no one was above a level 5.

All Catch-Up Fund students participated in the following intervention programmes: Lexia, Fresh Start, Precision Reading, EAL support, vocabulary and Book Buddy, all of which have been specifically designed to bridge the gap in their literacy. In addition to these bespoke programmes, students received one reading lesson each week, delivered by English specialist teachers, as part of the school reading programme where the primary focus is on getting the ‘basics’ correct in reading thereby laying a solid foundation for future progress in the subject.

Throughout the year, these sessions have been very successful and the impact on student attainment has been significant as outlined in the table below. Currently only 12% of these students are currently working at below a level 4, and 42% below a level 5.  This demonstrates significant improvements in many of the catch up students who are now working at a TMLG above a level 5 and are clearly responding extremely well to the support that they are given.

No. eligible

Year

Percentage of students below a level 4 in English

Percentage of students below a level 5 in English

72

Sep 2018 (pre HAMD)

87.5%

100%

72

July 2019 (end of y7)

12%

42%

 

 

Maths

Students in year 7 have made outstanding progress.  As one can see from below, our catch up fund students (who traditionally struggle to attain a level 4) have done exceedingly well over their first year at Harris Academy Morden.

Seventy-two Year 7 students were eligible for catch up funding in mathematics and only 4% of these students are still working below a TMLG level 4.  Given a majority of these students arrived at the school with fine point scores of less than 4.0, it is further encouraging to see some students working at the level 5+ standard given their low starting point.  The students have taken part in Wednesday booster sessions and breakfast ICT sessions using our mathematics IT program.  96% of students are now achieving a level 4 or above since the interventions.  Further catch up support before school is offered to our remaining students below a level 4. 

Maths data

No. Eligible for funding

Year

Percentage of students below a level 4 in mathematics

Percentage of students below a level 5 in mathematics

72

Sep 2018 (pre HAMD)

35%

100%

72

July 2019 (end of y7)

4%

48%