Academic Year 16-17
Pupil Premium and Catch-Up Intervention (2016-2017):
We are well into our Autumn Term now and support for Pupil Premium students is well underway. At this early stage, we are pleased with the progress we have made over the past few years with the intervention we are offering. We are also particularly pleased with the attitudes of the year 11 PPI (pupil premium) students who are engaging in the support offered.
What Has Changed?
We are no longer offering students individual tuition sessions. This is due to the evaluation of the tutoring programme in the summer term. We found that one to one tutoring sessions were costly and the system was often fraught with problems, particularly if a student due to be tutored did not attend the session or was absent from school. We are now only using one qualified Maths teacher, Sushi Abercrombie (a former member of staff here at Light Hall), to provide support to groups of 3 students at a time and student opinion as to how they feel the sessions are going is very encouraging. Furthermore, we have found that the group dynamic has proved very successful in that there is a more positive atmosphere within the groups and students are helping each other and finding the peer support is helping to boost confidence.
Action Tutoring commenced on the 31st of October and will run weekly until the Christmas break. We have 12 pupil premium students receiving Maths tutoring and 4 students receiving English tutoring. The sessions run on Mondays after school 3pm-4pm. At the beginning of the programme, the students completed a baseline assessment to inform tutors of areas where they needed to improve their skills and also to be able to measure the impact on their learning. At the end of the programme we are provided with an end of intervention evaluation, but at present, signs are encouraging. Attendance from pupils has been good and Laura Underhill (Light Hall’s Student Achievement Manger) is regularly taking student voice feedback as to how they feel the programme is going with a view to ensuring the programme is as effective as it can be. We have changed the location of the tutoring session and the tutors are now based in the LRC, whereas previously, sessions took place in a classroom. This has given the support a more relaxed feel and the students appear to have responded well to this.
Small Group Tutoring
In addition to the above, we also have small group Maths tutoring sessions going on currently in years 10 and 11 lead by Sushi Abercrombie. Students take part in small groups of around 3 students and work on topics they are struggling with. This started in September and will continue until exam time. The students take part in the sessions in what would normally be their core PE time so that attendance to any other lessons is not affected. When a student is reaching their potential and target grade, they will no longer need to attend and another student will be given the opportunity. Again initial impressions are positive with staff and students feeling these sessions are productive and progress is being monitored closely.
Again this academic term, catch-up Maths students are being supported in their Maths lesson by a qualified Maths teacher. In some lessons, this is done with small group support, groups of three working on topics that students are finding difficult and reinforcing what they have learnt in lessons. In other lessons, the Maths teacher is working alongside the class teacher supporting the students on topics they are covering in class. Last academic year, we found this to be a very successful intervention route and with Faculty progress data being continually monitored, we can ensure that the students who need support are able to access it. The most recent working at grades (WAGs) show all catch-up students are on target.
We have also had an opportunity this year to support last year’s catch up and Pupil Premium students who are now in year 8. We wanted to build upon the student’s success of last year where they all met their target grades to further support them throughout year 8. We feel that by starting the intervention at an early stage can only bolster their confidence with the progress they made last year in the subject and this will continue with them in beginning their GCSEs next year.
The now well established Accelerated Reader scheme is well underway this year. All students have been Star tested and are reading books and completing the associated quizzes. As ever, we are tracking all students’ progress and Laura Underhill is intervening where necessary, providing intervention for Pupil Premium students who are struggling with reading. The first date collection point for the Accelerated Reader scheme will arrive around January, when the next round of Star testing is carried out which will show us whether students have made gains in their reading ages, although initial signs are positive from early scores. Once again, we also have our Beanstalk reading helper (volunteer), who continues to work with us to support our Pupil Premium and Catch Up students.
Small Group Reading Support
Through Star testing the year 7 students to gain their reading age, a number of students whose reading age is significantly below what we would expect for their age were identified. From this data, we could see 10 students who had a reading age of below 7 years. In order to further support these students in developing their reading skills, we felt it was important that these students gained more supervised reading practice to develop their reading but also to gain confidence. As such, Laura Underhill, with the support of Helen Klejdysz (Learning Resource Centre Manager), have decided to form a reading group that the students will take part in each week as well as their Accelerated Reader lesson. This intervention will take place during one PE lesson a week and initial data findings will be seen in the next report.
The Lexia (Literacy Support) form will commence on the 21st November. The intervention is targeting a number of our Catch-Up students in this current round and depending on their success, we see them finishing the programme in around 6 weeks. Students are assessed before they enter the programme and again once they have finished to measure impact.