Literacy & Numeracy

Literacy and numeracy support:

On entry to year 7, those students whose literacy skills need improvement are provided with extra support through targeted intervention on a rotation basis. This ensures that they still have access to a broad and balanced curriculum. We use Attack Spelling, Toe by Toe, Reading Plus and Lexia programmes. Our students most in need of literacy support follow a phonics pathway.

In addition, all students in Year 7, 8 and 9 access the Accelerated Reader programme three times per week, which is designed to encourage a love of reading. Accelerated Reader is delivered in English, Science and Life so that reading is a cross-curricular focus. Students partake in Read to Succeed (5 minutes reading at the start of every year 7-10 English lesson and twenty minutes reading as part of the tutor programme.)

Students with weaker numeracy skills enter the catch up ‘Step-Up’ programme in order for them to be able to access mainstream learning. The flexibility of this programme enables personalised support to be given. 

Every student at John Whitgift Academy has access to Hegarty Maths, an online programme.  Students are set personalised tasks to complete every week as homework, to address gaps and consolidate learning.  The Learning Hub provides an additional facility for students to access Hegarty Maths after school.