Literacy and Numeracy Catch-Up Premium

Year 7 Numeracy Catch-Up Premium

The Mathematics department uses the ‘Y7 catch up’ funding to implement a range of strategies to ensure that students who achieve less than level four at KS2 make accelerated progress in Year 7. We also use the pupil premium funding with students in all year groups to help them achieve their full potential. Below is an indication of some of the ways we make use of this funding:

Here at the Peele Community College, we take great pride in the importance placed on essential skills such as Literacy and Numeracy for all students.

Students are encouraged to expand and use their knowledge, whether it be to build up their skills, or to progress further.  We do this by;-

  • Testing and allocating a numeracy age when they start at the Peele Community College, enabling a numeracy level to be identified.
  • Students, Year 7 through to Year 11, identified as requiring intervention are given the opportunity, in tutor time, to access a fantastic interactive programme of learning ‘Maths Whizz’, which has shown a substantial increase in levels.  This programme creates a tailor made scheme of work for each student.  The programme rewards students for their time and effort by the games they can access as well as a virtual shop.
  • One lesson a week of ‘numeracy’ where the lesson is based solely on money and finance skills. Student’s numerical skills are enhanced through functional money and finance projects which allows them to achieve IFS level 1 award in money and finance. This leads directly into the whole school money and finance agenda.
  • For students that attain above average levels, there is an opportunity to partake in extra ‘awards’ through Edexcel. These include; number and measure, statistics and algebra level 1 and 2 awards.
  • The level 2 awards are a great opportunity to gain extra qualifications throughout the students’ time at college.
  • GCSE statistics is also offered as an option in year 11, giving students an opportunity to enhance their statistical knowledge and aid with mathematics post 16.

Students are constantly monitored and assessed to ensure they are receiving the correct support in achieving maximum progression throughout their college life.

Student comments:

‘I believe without this lesson I would be going into the world knowing nothing about banking’ Curtis Bedford Year 8

‘I think that I have improved my money skills and so I am getting better at maths in general’ Christina Coppard Year 8

‘I love coming to extra maths because we have fun discussions about everyday life and how different cards work. These lessons will help me in the future with my money and banking skills’ Daniel Witton Year 8


Y11 Tutor Time

Tutor time is used to deliver extra Mathematics intervention sessions to those students who require this intervention to achieve their full potential. Students are given extra guidance and support to help them with the specific topics they find difficult, and to help them prepare for their GCSE exams at the end of the course. Students have identified these sessions as being very helpful and have made better progress as a result of these sessions.


Super Learning Days

The extra funds have enabled the department to deliver extended Maths projects on Super Learning Days. Students have learnt how Maths is used in the real world, for example in plumbing, in financial services and in managing a household budget. Students have enjoyed the days and their ability to answer more demanding multi-step problems in exams has improved.


Additional Support

The role of additional support within the classroom is vital in ensuring progression for all students. Learning mentors and teaching assistants are able to provide support to individual students or groups of students in lessons. Progress can be seen by improved work and better results in assessments and mock exams.


Revision Sessions and Materials

Students have the opportunity to attend revision and intervention sessions offered by the Maths department at the end of the school day on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Revision sessions also take place during half-terms and the Easter break. Students also have the opportunity to use a range of online and paper revision materials that are provided to them.

Click here to view some Mathematics Case Studies.

Year 7 Literacy Catch-Up Premium

Read Write Inc. Fresh Start,

Read Write Inc. Fresh Start, developed by Ruth Miskin, is a phonics intervention that supports students who are struggling readers and writers to reach the expected level in order to access the secondary curriculum. This intervention is used within Year 7 to target students on entry to the college, who may have missed vital building blocks in their Literacy skills. All year 7 students complete detailed baseline testing in order to identify those who would benefit from the intervention program. The intervention uses rigorous assessments to enable students to be targeted at their specific level of need. There is a key focus on the development of reading and writing skills, to enable students to develop strategies which will allow them to have future success moving forward within our mainstream setting.


Student Comments

“My spelling and reading age has increased by 2 years and I am much more confident now”

“I actually like English now Miss, before I used to dread it”

“I can spell!!”

Parental Comments

“ My son now has the confidence to read out loud, a real difference has been made”

“Brilliant! This has helped Shannon with her speech, spellings, reading and writing. Thank you very much for your support”

“My son has come on in leaps and bounds and now enjoys Literacy”


Click here to view some RWI Case Studies

Literacy catch-up

As part of the College’s drive to improve the literacy skills of our  students,  The Accelerated Reader Programme was invested in and piloted across Year  9 in the academic year 2014/15  . This programme involves students choosing to read books from a wide variety of Accelerated Reader approved texts, including both fiction and non-fiction, after which they electronically complete a  termly reading test . Having  read  each book,  students also complete an on-line quiz and record the results in their planner. These results reflect  their comprehension skills thus far.

Of the 117 Year 9 students enrolled on  the programme last year, over 61% achieved a marked increase in their reading ages when tested at the end of the summer term.

From this September all of our Year 7 students will engage in the  programme during one lesson a week. They  will also be expected to read their chosen books in ERIC (Everyone Reading in Class) and for at least half an hour a week at home.

They will be given the opportunity to choose the books that interest them from the vast selection recommended by The Accelerated Reader Programme ,  whose books  also  complement our existing library stock.

The students’ endeavours will be recognised by house points and their successes celebrated by the awarding of certificates during Celebration Assemblies. The latter will  be displayed prominently within the library.