Literacy and Numeracy Intervention

As part of the work that Bishop Vaughan and the Local Authority are undertaking to continue to raise levels of literacy and numeracy in school, target groups of pupils are chosen to receive intervention. The pupils are selected according to their National Reading and Numeracy Test standardised scores.

Literacy Learners selects pupils with a National Reading Test standardised score of below 95, who do not qualify for SEN support. Pupils meet in small groups and receive two hours of intervention per week for 10 weeks. Intervention aims to develop higher order reading skills of inference, connections, evaluation and analytical skills to make pupils more insightful readers and achieve higher levels of literacy. In addition to this, it gives pupils the tools to become more independent writers and promote extended writing for a range of audiences and purposes, as well as improve spelling, punctuation and grammar.

Numeracy Intervention is a bespoke programme of study tailored to plug gaps in procedural maths and reasoning skills. Pupils are selected using their national test results. Pupils meet in small groups and receive 2 hours of support per week for the equivalent of one term. Intervention aims to improve confidence and ability in numeracy skills.

Success Maker Enterprise is an individualised intervention which is based on pupils working through a program that supports both literacy and numeracy development. Due to its individualised approach SME can be used with all pupils to plug gaps in knowledge of comprehension, spelling, grammar and numeracy skills. SME is a short, sharp intervention with high levels of success. Pupils come out of lessons on a rolling programme, for 10 minute sessions 4 times per week. This is also offered to pupils during lunchtime and after school.

Intervention does not just aim to increase pupils’ reading and numeracy test results; it aims to help pupils transfer key skills across the curriculum. Short term aims are for pupils to make double the months progress as time spent on the intervention, mid-term aims are for pupils to attain the national expected level at the end of key stage three and long term aims are for pupils to attain a C grade or above in English and Maths at GCSE.