Year 7 Catch-up Premium

Year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up premium

Willow Dene receives a Department for Education funded literacy and numeracy catch up premium for Year 7 students. The purpose of this funding is to support personalised interventions in developing core skills in cognition and communication or literacy and numeracy (as appropriate) at the start of Key Stage 3. In 2017-2018 the allocated funding was a total of £6000

This money was spent on providing additional high-quality books in KS3 classes to support children’s love of literacy and to promote reading. We funded an additional eye-gaze unit in a KS3 class, so that children could continue to benefit from the skills which eye-gaze technology promotes. These focus on communication and cognition skills as it takes them on the learning curve from cause and effect understanding through to using eye gaze for communication, learning and leisure. Additionally, we funded a six-day masterclass in the Bamboozle approach to drama for one of our leaders. This involved practical sessions, tutorials, observations as well as specific approaches and techniques for using drama with children with significant learning disabilities.

The impact of this resource will be monitored through hard and soft data analysis, Pupil Progress Meetings and the Governing Body’s Learning and Achievement Committee.


2016-17 FUNDING

In 2016-2017 the allocated funding was £500 per Year 7 student, which totalled £6000

The 2016-2017 funding was used to part-fund a mobile magic carpet for KS3 which provides lots of engaging apps for supporting early visual and motor skills as well as more concept-based learning in literacy and numeracy. The system came with over 500 interactive apps as well as a user-friendly app maker with more than templates, enabling teachers to create their own content to support learning. We felt that this resource would benefit all Year 7 pupils irrespective of their learning needs.



The mobile magic carpet is used widely to support the needs of highly diverse learners in KS3 and KS4. It makes learning accessible for almost all children in KS3 and KS4 and has supported learning in literacy and numeracy. For example, children in year 7 have used the magic carpet for digital mark making, being motivated to move their arms and able to visually locate the patterns he has made. The adjustability means that the device can be calibrated to ensure that every effort from a limited range of movement is rewarded. Other children in Year 7 have used it for matching activities, practicing their visual recognition skills and supporting their understanding of concrete concepts. Teachers have made customised resources that link to books that the class are reading and created imaginative games which involve matching symbol-supported text to pages from the story. Next steps are to ensure all staff are confident in the use of the magic carpet – although training was provided for all teachers, there is greater potential for its use that could be realised.