Hobart High School Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch Up Strategy
The Year 7 catch-up premium for literacy and numeracy gives schools additional funding to support Year 7 students who did not achieve the expected standard in reading or maths at the end of Key Stage 2 (KS2). The Year 7 interventions could include a number of strategies selected to support the individual needs of a Hobart Student. The programme is decided by the SENCO and English/Maths Heads of Department.
- Mentoring (Individual – 20 minutes weekly)
Named in-school mentor, with weekly meeting scheduled during morning registration.
- Catch-Up Literacy (Individual)
One term of targeted reading support, provided twice weekly in 20 minute sessions by Catch-Up trained Lead Teaching Assistants also holding a Level 3 qualification in Supporting Learners with Specific Learning Difficulties.
- Catch-Up Numeracy (Small Group / Individual)
One term of targeted numeracy support, provided twice weekly in 20 minutes sessions by a Catch-Up trained Senior TA and/or a qualified HLTA.
- Sound Discovery (Individual – 20 minutes daily)
Phonics programme provided on an individual daily basis for one half term. Led by Sound Discovery trained Teaching Assistants also holding Level 3 qualification in Supporting Learners with Specific Learning Difficulties.
- Speech and Language Intervention (Individual – 15 minutes daily)
Assessment and bespoke programmes of support provided by a qualified Speech and Language Therapist contracted by the school. Daily activity delivered by Lead TA holding Level 3 ELKLAN qualification.
- Communication and Interaction Skills Group (1 hour, weekly – Small Group)
Bespoke programmes of support tailored to individual needs of students and organised into half-termly blocks. Led by Teaching Assistants holding Level 3 qualification in Supporting Students on the Autistic Spectrum.
- Lexia Reading Programme (Daily, three week rotation – Small group)
Computer-based reading programme.
- Alpha Inclusion Social Communication Support (1 hour, weekly - individual)
One to one sessions with a social communication expert, aimed at supporting young people with a diagnosis of autism, ADHD or related conditions. Also appropriate for those without a diagnosis, but who are undergoing assessment.
- Specialist Teacher (1 hour, fortnightly - individual or small group)
Specialist support focusing on all areas of literacy: spelling, reading, comprehension and handwriting delivered by a dyslexia specialist teacher.