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Year 7 Catch up funding English review






English Year 7 Catch-Up funding report 2019 – 2020


This funding is given to support pupils not achieving age related expectations at the end of Key Stage 2.  The school will receive £8,050 (based on the number of Yr 7 pupils) this financial year.

The funding is used to provide extra support to enable pupils to narrow the gap to the age related expectations each year. 

The funding will be used to contribute towards the following:


  • Continuing the professional development of the English Manager through opportunities to network with colleagues from other special schools.
  • Purchasing appropriate resources to support the teaching of phonics and continuing to use the phonic assessment books to continue to establish baseline levels for pupils and to track pupil progress throughout the year.
  • Renewing our subscriptions to online English resources such as EducationCity, Twinkl and Teach Your Monster to Read. EducationCity is accessible at home so our Parents can support their children, reinforcing taught concepts within English in school.
  • Renewing the subscription for the Evidence for Learning assessment app that enables all teachers to evidence and record baseline, mid-year and end of year attainment for English. This tool also enables teachers to share information about pupil progress in English with parents via learning journeys.
  • To continue to use the baseline assessment material to enable teachers to establish a more detailed picture of what the pupils are able to do in Maths and where the gaps in their learning are as they transition from Primary into Secondary.
  • Purchasing IPads and other IT equipment for developing communication and writing skills.
  • Resources to support World Book Day and Drama Day that focus on developing pupils Reading and Speaking and Listening skills within a wide range of motivating and practical activities. 
  • Reviewing and replenishing the books in the library so that pupils have access to a wide range of books in school that support the curriculum. In addition to this to continue to liaise with the local library to build links and opportunities for pupils to access a library as well as raising the profile of reading through the Summer Reading Challenge.


End of year review ( September 2020 ):


  • Baseline resources continue to be used at the beginning of the year to enable teachers to establish where the pupil is working at and highlight any gaps in their learning.
  • World Book Day was organised. Event was a huge success that promoted a love of books and reading in all pupils. Lots of collaborative opportunities for pupils to develop Speaking and Listening skills.
  • Evidence for Learning subscription has been renewed. This enables teachers to evidence pupils work and monitor the progress that pupils are making in all areas of English. During the COVID-19 lockdown this resource was used by teachers to set weekly challenges for English for pupils to enable them to continue to maintain and develop their key skills in reading, writing, phonics and communication.
  • Learning journeys have been shared with parents using the Evidence for Learning app at EHCP reviews, at Parent Consultations and end of year school reports. This has enabled parents to see the evidence of progress that pupils have made in all aspects of English. During the COVID-19 lockdown a new element of the system was introduced to teachers which enabled parents to upload evidence. This enabled teachers to see what the pupils were achieving in English at home and make judgements on next steps which could be shared with parents via the Activity Channel.
  • New phonics assessment books purchased. This enables teachers to establish a baseline and monitor the progress pupils made within the Phases of Phonics.
  • Renewed subscription to EducationCity and Twinkl. Teachers English planning highlights how these resources have been used to support the pupils learning in a practical and motivating way. During the COVID-19 lockdown these resources were used by teachers to support and develop pupils learning in English whilst they were working at home.
  • Reading Eggs was trialled with identified classes in the Autumn term. The trial and evidence produced, in relation to developing reading skills, was successful and Reading Eggs subscription has been purchased. Majority of pupils across school use this to help support and develop their knowledge and understanding within reading.
  • Drama day was not able to be organised due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Teachers have ensured that during the lockdown period pupils were able to continue to experience a wide range of stimulating, motivating and challenging English activities that enabled pupils to maintain and continue to develop core skills for English.
  • Staff attended PECS training this year. This has provided staff with the skills needed to make judgements about pupils’ communication skills and ensure that the right strategies are in place to enable pupils to use PECS effectively.
  • Staff attended Attention Autism training which focuses on developing the Speaking and Listening element of the English curriculum. This has been implemented into the timetable for some classes across the school.