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The Government has made a commitment to provide additional funding (£500 per pupil) to schools for each year 7 pupil who did not achieve at least level 4 in the Key Stage 2 national curriculum tests in reading and/or mathematics. The purpose of this funding is to enable schools to deliver additional support, such as individual tuition or intensive support in small groups, for those pupils that most need it.
How do we plan to spend the current academic year's (2014-15) allocation
As a school we will use this funding to target interventions based on student needs. Currently we plan to offer some of the following interventions to pupils:
- One-to-one support.
- The Lexia reading programme.
- Readers Club.
- Small group maths intervention.
- EAL tutorials
- Support from External Agencies
How did we spend the previous academic year's (2013-14) allocation
In the academic year 2013-14 we used a range of strategies as listed above and were pleased with the success.
By the end of Year 7, 60% of those Year 7 pupils who did not achieve at least level 4 in the Key Stage 2 national curriculum reading test were working at level 4 or above. By the beginning of Year 8, 100% of these pupils were making at least expected progress in English. Continued support is in place for the students who have not yet reached a level 4.
By the end of Year 7, over 70% of those Year 7 pupils who did not achieve at least level 4 in the Key Stage 2 national curriculum mathematics test were performing above the expected level in Maths and at the beginning of year 8 were making at least expected progress in Maths.
At Sale High School pupil progress is assessed twice termly and intensive support is provided to all pupils who are not making the expected level of progress or better.