The DfE provides additional funding to schools for each Year 7 student who has not achieved a Level 4 in Reading and/or Mathematics at Key Stage 2. All state funded schools receive an additional £500 for each Year 7 student who is eligible for the funding based on their Key Stage 2 levels.
The funding is to enable schools to provide additional support to students who are admitted to secondary school with a lower starting point.
At Winterbourne International Academy
We use the funding at WIA to provide extra Mathematics and English lessons. Additional staffing at Year 7 within the curriculum allows students to be taught in ability sets in Mathematics which enables the classroom teacher to target students’ abilities and in turns allows them to make rapid progression in their first year.
There are 12 sets in Mathematics at WIA and this has proven to be a successful way in embedding the key skills that are needed to allow the rapid progression throughout the key stage. Key Stage 3 at WIA is again a three year key stage. From September 2015, the number of lessons taught in Mathematics will increase from 7 to 9.
In English, students are taught in mixed ability groups. Again, there are 12 English groups with Year 7 students also undertaking the Accelerated Reader programme. In 2014-2015, the number of lessons in English increased from 7 to 8 to include a specialist literacy lesson in small setted groups. As with Mathematics, there will be an increase to 9 periods from September 2015.
In addition, a Specialist HLTA supports students eligible for the Funding Premium in English and Mathematics. In Mathematics, the HLTA works in both sets that contain targeted students, jointly planning for lessons and teaching these students with the class teacher. In English there are 17 students in Year 7 who did not have a Level 4. By December 2014, 8 of these students were deemed to be working at a Level 4. In Mathematics, 30 students were identified as being below a Level 4 of which by December 2014 14 were at a Level 4.
For the funding premium students we also offer an information evening each year for parents. The HLTA also works on providing additional assessment and feedback to the teacher and students on the progress of students relating to the skills that are most crucial for success in maths.
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