Literacy and Numeracy

Literacy and Numeracy are key blocks for students to be successful at school and beyond, be it further education or the workplace.  Without these key skills students will find it difficult to access the curriculum, therefore limiting their future life chances. We firmly believe that without these skills, students will not be successful.

At the Radcliffe School we have a wide range of assessments and programmes to help support students in both catching up, or maintaining their reading or numeracy ages as they progress through the school. 

Numeracy and Literacy Premium Catch Up Funding.

Catch up funding for 2017/18 was £13,743
The funding was spent on a range of initiatives and resources including:

  • Numeracy and Literacy Co-ordinators

  • Reading Programmes

  • Summer School Activities

  • Literacy and Numeracy diagnostic and testing software

  • Targeted tutorial resources

  • Reading Books

Literacy

Thirty three of the Year 7 students (15%) in 2017-2018 did not meet the national expected reading level at Key Stage 2. Twenty of these students (60%) had a reading age below ten years old.  These students received different interventions throughout the year including: 

  • A transition programme from Year 6 to year 7 which included shared teaching with the primary schools and moderation of work and a week long summer school.

  • A weekly small group intervention programme led by a primary trained teacher.

  • Paired reading sessions for students with a reading age of below 10 years old with Key Stage 5 students coordinated by The Learning Hub Manager.

  • Small group reading sessions with staff.

  • Quality first class teaching from and English lead practitioner with additional TA support in the classroom.

  • Enhanced Literacy support on a cross curricular level shared via Literacy.

Impact of the premium catch up interventions:

  • 100% of students who attended the summer school programme said it prepared them for school and they felt more confident about starting secondary school.

  • Year 7 Students who took part in the paired reading programme increased their reading age by 15 months over the course of the year.

  • The number of Year 7 Students who took part in the paired reading programme increased their reading age by 15 months over the course of the year.

  • Students with a reading age of below ten years old decreased from 20 students to 5 students.

  • 94% of the thirty three students who received premium catch were on course to meet their estimated grade with 12% working towards exceeding their estimated grade.

Numeracy

In year 7, fifty seven students had a Numeracy age of below 10 in September 2017. These students then went on to receive a range of different interventions throughout an 8 month period, including:

  • Quality first teaching from Maths teachers, with additional TA support in the classroom.

  • Numeracy based lessons with the classroom.

  • Paired Numeracy intervention with Key Stage 5 students in tutorial periods.

  • Enhanced Numeracy support on a cross curricular level.

  • MyMaths / Active learn numeracy activities.

 Impact of the premium catch up sessions:

  • 100% of students improved their numeracy age.

  • The Year 7’s who took part in the paired interventions raised their numeracy age on average by 18 months.

  • The Year 8’s who also took part in the paired interventions also raised their numeracy ages by 18 months.

There are a wide range of resources available to help support your child in the development of their literacy and numeracy skills, both on the internet and within school.  If you need any support please do not hesitate to contact your child’s Form Tutor for further help.  We would encourage you to read with your child at least once a day, be it a magazine or newspaper article or a reading book; something that they enjoy.  It doesn’t need to be for very long, but it is important that it is regular.  We have found that this can make the single most difference to their literacy skills and confidence.