The Deputy Prime Minister has made a commitment to provide additional funding to schools for each Year 7 pupil who has not achieved level 4 in reading and/or maths at Key Stage 2. EMASUK can help you support literacy and maths development.
EMASUK has recently helped Primary Schools achieve the highest grades possible at SATS at KS2. One of our first schools to use the entire system achieved 100% level 4 for KS2 SATS. This was achieved by using the speaking translation tools to allow teachers to talk directly to the pupils, the resource library to have resources pre-prepared for lessons in the majority of curriculum areas and a text translator that allows teachers to create their own worksheets, letters and posters in English and the childs home language. using all of these tools together helps with the transitional phases of learning English by bridging the gap between the childs current knowledge and their English language skills. Skills transference ensures that the childs level of understanding remains high even when their English anguage skills are below their peers. One of our schools shows that by using the system for two terms their children are approximately 1 year ahead of achievemnt than where there would have been without it –see video here. This equated to 1 persons pupil premium giving enough support resources for a whole school.
The Deputy Prime Minister has made a commitment to provide additional funding to schools for each Year 7 pupil who has not achieved level 4 in reading and/or maths at Key Stage 2.
Schools will receive an additional premium of £500 for each Year 7 pupil who has not achieved at least level 4 in reading and/or maths (maximum £500 per pupil) at Key Stage 2. The premium will be available to all state-funded schools with a Year 7 cohort, including PRUs and special schools. We have committed to continuing the funding for at least the duration of the current spending review – to 2015.
The money is to be used by schools to deliver additional tuition or intensive support in small groups, giving pupils valuable support to bring them up to speed so that they are more likely to succeed at secondary school. The funding will not be ring-fenced for catch-up activities but we expect that this funding is used for additional literacy and numeracy catch-up during Year 7 given that this can make a critical difference to pupils at this important stage.
We recognise that a significant proportion of eligible pupils already attract additional funding through the Pupil Premium and/or as a result of their special educational needs (SEN) status, with the aim of helping to put these pupils more on a par with others. We consider that pupils from these groups as much as any other should benefit from this additional literacy and numeracy support.