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Year 7 Catch up Action Plan 2019-20


Based on historic data The Avon Valley School receives approximately £25,000 in allocated funding as part of the Year 7 catch-up initiative. Year 7 catch-up funding provides an additional £500 for the weakest students in Year 7 and the funding is based on historic levels of underachievement at KS2. This funding aims to help these students to ‘catch up’ with their peers during their first year at the school.



(Historic data)


Total number of students in Year 7



Students identified for catch up



Financial allocation




Maths – 25 students

The students are baseline tested on entry as, each year, a small proportion of students arrive with no academic data. This information is used, along with the KS2 scores, to place students into sets. A proportion of the catch-up funding is used to create 2 extra Maths sets, allowing students who arrive significantly below expectation to be taught in smaller groups of typically 10 -15 students. These groups are staffed by a fully qualified maths teacher with additional TA support.

The progress of all students is analysed each term alongside the rest of the cohort and further intervention is put in place for any student who is failing to make progress towards age related expectations.

English – 25 students

Prior to arrival at Avon Valley, on Induction Day, the English Faculty assesses each student, carrying out a diagnostic reading test and a spelling test. The former is particularly useful in helping staff to recognise difficulties in Literal Comprehension, Analysis, Vocabulary Range and Inference. The data from this is mapped against students KS2 data and used to place students into sets according to their suggested ability.  This year’s data shows that on entry to the school 25 students have a reading age of lower than 9 years.

Avon Valley School also facilitates the screening for dyslexia from the catch up funding. A report is generated which identifies if students have any signs of dyslexia and, if so, at what level this is.  If they have moderate or severe dyslexia they are offered an overlay to help with their writing and reading work, and may be placed on our Inclusion register if further interventions are required.

The funding also enables students who appear to be struggling with English (based upon the assessment data) to be withdrawn from some of the Modern Foreign Languages provision. These students take part in Study Plus sessions to boost literacy skills.  These groups contain a small number of students to enable more targeted support to be given. The focus is upon learning and practising grammar skills through structured activities. Year 7 are currently using Jumpstart Grammar, interwoven with a project based upon Greek Islands and reading The Minotaur.

A reading focused after school intervention called AVS50 Read to Succeed, allows targeted low ability readers to spend time after school in guided and 1:1 reading support. Some very low reading age students also attend 1:1 reading sessions with a support worker during the school day.

Specialist Teaching Assistants work with small groups to carry out reading assessments using Lexia, a literacy software package.  Students also carry out activities around ‘reading for meaning’ and comprehension questions to check understanding. Many students are able to decode information but struggle to gain understanding.  High frequency spellings are also introduced. TAs and volunteer reading assistants also do weekly reading or memory work with the lower ability students and a handwriting club is provided to help students with weak writing skills to improve. A phonics lesson is delivered to our weakest students as well as intervention through 1:1 supported learning.  Our EAL students, who require a high level of intervention, also receive a weekly Phonics lesson to help their basic understanding and have a dedicated member of staff working with them.

The progress of all students in Year 7 is analysed each half term. Students who continue to struggle to reach aspirational targets are identified and further intervention is put in place for any student who is failing to make progress towards age related expectations. All Year 7 students are also re tested for their reading age during the Easter period. This is to allow staff to ascertain progress made in this crucial area.

Anticipated Costs 2019-20



2 extra maths set in year 7  

0.28 of a teacher = £11,100

Dyslexia screener


TA support for lower classes

0.3 of a TA = £6,500

Study Plus

0.1 of a teacher = £5,000

Withdrawal from lessons to work with a TA

0.1 of a TA = £2,500



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