Personalising support and accelerating academic progress
Personalised provision through an exciting computer program, useful resources, one-to-one, small group work and Saturday Morning Maths club.
The maths team were acutely aware of the fact that Pupil Premium students were not achieving their full potential. Likewise, we had identified those who could access the Year 7 Catch-up Premium. We were keen to find new ways to close the achievement gap across all years.
The Pupil Premium solution
We tackled the problem of underachievement on a number of fronts. Thanks to Pupil Premium funding and the Year 7 catch-up premium where applicable, we bought new textbooks and revision guides that allowed our teachers to provide much more personalised work for each student. We also made sure every Pupil Premium student had a scientific calculator to enhance mathematical comprehension and confidence, crucial with the increased calculator driven curriculum demands. These key resources supported independence and at home revision, enhanced by targeted maths revision clubs, including one-to-one sessions and highly successful Saturday Morning Year 11 club. We also bought an IT programme ‘Mathletics’ for students from across the key stages with some of our Pupil Premium and Year 7 Catch-up budget – an important innovation that allows support to take place outside of the mathematics department, and allows teachers to set more personalised homework.
Of students that have attended form-time intervention, two-thirds of them have increased their non-calculator skills by an average of 15% (taken from examination marks) over two terms. 62% of year 11 students gained a grade A*-C; 57% of PP students who attended Saturday morning intervention made expected or above expected progress. The targeted work using textbooks have seen comparable mean average test marks rise by 7% across year groups 7 – 10.
How do we know our Yr 7 catch-up strategies are working?
As a cohort, all Year 7s take ‘Progress in Mathematics’ tests at the start and end of Year 7. Of the students identified as below Level 3 at KS2, 95% made expected or better progress in Year 7. As a Year 7 cohort, 95% of students made expected or better progress.
Building on the Pupil Premium success in 2016-2017
Next year, we intend to help Pupil Premium students continue to narrow the gap with other students in our KS3 provision: by buying more specialised textbooks to allow a deeper understanding and access to the curriculum for students in years 7 and 8; extending our form-time intervention and booster provision to include more pupils from across all year groups; by purchasing more calculators so that calculator skills are embedded before KS3; and by holding more small group-focussed booster sessions – vital for struggling students who need more time spent with them to achieve their potential. Year 7 catch-up small group work interventions will be a key priority, with funding allocated to ensure before and after school booster sessions take place with identified students. .