The Loyne Specialist School
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Year 7 Catch Up Funding

The Year 7 Catch-Up Premium is used within The Loyne Specialist School to support the engagement and achievement of all pupils, following our inclusive ethos and values.

With the grant we wish to:

1. Prioritise the training of our staff to ensure they are skilled and able to focus on the individual needs of our pupils.

2.Ensure that our staff are highly skilled in teaching Literacy and Numeracy in whatever form this takes.

3.Provide the best inclusive teaching resources that we can, to ensure maximum progress for all our learners.

4.Ensure that all of our most able pupils have accurate SALT assessments that provide staff with targets and strategies to support best outcomes.
The Loyne Specialist School is an all-through school, taking children from 2 years old through to 19, and our data gives us confidence that our Year 7 children do not experience a dip in their steady progress when they change from Year 6 to Year 7. We recognise that although our children don’t experience the classic Primary into Secondary dip, we routinely have children joining us from other schools at ages spread right through the school. We know that when children join the school, in any Year group, there is a period of adjustment for them as they get to know new staff and learn to understand the boundaries and expectations in our setting.
For this reason we use the Year 7 Catch-Up Premium to focus on staff training and resources across the school , knowing that people and equipment need to be in place to minimise the impact of this post-Summer/post- transition challenge for our pupils, as they adjust to the new setting. This means that it is important that all of our staff are supported in working at the highest quality, and that the resources available to all pupils through our curriculum resourcing are of a very high standard. We have a very well established programme of training for teaching and support staff. This incorporates a substantial induction period and the allocation of a personal mentor, as well as ongoing training so that staff across all areas of the school are equipped with what we refer to as Essential Qualifications. To aid staff development we run a carousel of training across the year. Staff are released to take part. Thus a floating TA is essential to cover classes.
Use of Year 7 Catch-Up Premium 2016 – 17
Proposed use of the Year 7 Catch-Up Premium 2017 – 2018
Our In House SALT provides invaluable support to staff and pupils by extending and enhancing our whole school total communication approach to language development. This includes purchasing and using specialist assessment packages to support target setting and ensuring that whole school communication strategies are employed consistently and effectively across each of the age-phases.

Each year our Curriculum Leaders are allocated a modest budget to update or purchase new resources for their areas, and for several years now this has had to be substantially restricted. Therefore the Year 7 Catch-Up Premium has helped us to bolster this funding and has meant that we have been able to purchase new resources such as communicate in print which will enable pupils to under standand respond in a more meaningful way to curriculum content.

We also place great value on informal staff development, and we pay our support staff to start work 10 minutes before the children arrive every day and our TA3’s and HLTA’s to work on for 30 minutes after they leave .This enables every class team to discuss general matters relating to classroom practice as well as individual children’s needs.
Year 7 | catch up | funding | Loyne school
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