13% of the student population at South Wolds are eligible for the pupil premium. We use our resources and the additional pupil premium funding to improve the attendance, behaviour, progress and attainment of all of these students. We also receive catch up premium funding for students who join us in Year 7 with a score of below 100 in either Reading or Mathematics.
Literacy and Numeracy Catch Up Premium
This additional funding is used to provide us with opportunities to further support students who arrive in Year 7 or 8 with a scaled score below a national standard. The funding the school received in 2017 - 2018 was £7244 and in 2018 – 2019 was £7538. The school allocates additional academy funds to this important work and uses this additional money in several key ways:
- The employment of additional teachers for Maths and English to provide small groups.
- The provision of our Learning Support Unit for students with low levels of literacy and numeracy requiring a more personalised curriculum.
- The provision of a Graduate Literacy Teaching Assistant and a Teaching Assistant with a maths specialism.
- The resource of books and equipment across the school to support learners with low levels of literacy and numeracy.
- Additional lessons in reading for both Years 7, 8 and 9 through the use of ‘The Hackney Literacy Project’.
Data from our teacher assessment shows that the progress of students who receive a range of these additional interventions are making good progress. These have been established strategies for some time and the last sets of Year 11 outcomes data shows those who came to us below these levels of attainment have made progress equivalent to their peers who started year 7 with higher levels of attainment. We are especially delighted with the improvements made in the reading levels of students who have received additional direct intervention as part of our reading and literacy programmes.
The documents below set out how we use the funding and our evaluation of its impact