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 2015-2016 the allocated funding was £500 per Year 7 student, which totalled £4000

The 2015-2016 academic year is the first time the school has received this funding, as we opened our secondary provision. We have used this year’s funding to purchase a range of software to support children’s literacy, numeracy, cognition and communication skills. These are:

  • Communicator 5 – a powerful piece of software developed by the innovators of eye-gaze technology, which can turn the eye-gaze computer into a completely customisable AAC device (fitting with one of the school’s core priorities this year). It can also be used to control infra-red toys using eye-gaze, which is an exciting project we are trialling with our Year 7 eye-gaze users.
  • The Inclusive Eye Gaze Learning Curve – a collection of 54 fun and engaging interactive activities specially created to teach early eye gaze access and develop choice making skills. It supports student’s 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.
  • Clicker 7 – the latest update of one of our favourite pieces of software to support children’s emergent and developing literacy skills and concept development has had a major facelift. It provides a wealth of accessibility which enables all children to get the thoughts that are in their head down on the page (or screen). The structure that it provides enables children to access cognitively challenging activities because they are secure about what it is they have to achieve and how wo achieve it. An added bonus is that it now supports eye-gaze which makes it an even more effective tool to support learning.

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