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. 

In the academic year 2015/16 the following are examples of just some of the programmes and interventions that were used, throughout the year.

  • Daily paired reading in tutor time
  • English literacy lessons
  • Maths numeracy lessons
  • Online literacy programmes
  • Mymaths numeracy activities
  • Specific weekly whole school tutor activities for both literacy and numeracy
  • Additional library reading books aimed specifically at developing literacy skills
  • Small group reading sessions
  • Summer school

The students were all assessed at the start of the academic year for both literacy and numeracy.  At the end of the academic year, those students who were originally identified as below their literacy or numeracy age were retested to see the impact of the interventions.  The following information represents the significant improvements that were made.


Yr7 – Average of 18 months improvement in Reading ages
Yr8 – Average of 22 months improvement in Reading ages
Yr9 – Average of 20 months improvement in Reading ages
Yr10 – Average of 31 months improvement in Reading ages


Yr7 – Average of 15 months improvement in Numeracy ages
Yr8 – Average of 19 months improvement in Numeracy ages
Yr9 – Average of 16 months improvement in Numeracy ages
Yr10 – Average of 19 months improvement in Numeracy ages

Catch Up Funding

Catch up funding for 2016/17 was £14,000
It was spent on the following:

Numeracy and Literacy Co-ordinators
Reading Programmes
Literacy Tests
Numeracy Tests
Targeted Reading Books
Summer School Literacy and Numeracy



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.