Literacy & Numeracy
Literacy and numeracy support:
Upon entry to Year 7, students with the lowest literacy skills are entered into the catch up stream, a flexible pathway, within which students receive a diet of Ruth Miskin Fresh Start programme (recognised by the EEF as helping Year 7 to make progress in reading and writing) and intense catch up literacy. This enables them to make rapid progress towards age-ready learning. In addition, all students in Year 7 and 8 access the Accelerated Reader programme three times per week, which is designed to encourage a love of reading and move children towards age appropriate reading as quickly as possible, testing for comprehension along the way. Accelerated Reader is delivered in English, Science and Life so that reading is a cross-curricular focus. In order to foster a love of reading, 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 lower numeracy skills enter the catch up programme ‘Passport Maths’, students use these skills as building blocks to support in the rest of lesson with the mastery schemes of learning. KS2 data and other baseline skills audit testing identifies specific skills needing further attention. Progress varies per students, but as this programme is flexible, it enables personalised support either to continue on the programme or use additional resources such as Numicon.
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, with limitless options to complete supportive building blocks activities or extension activities. The Learning Hub provides as an additional facility for students to access Hegarty Maths after school.