At Darwen Vale, we believe in the importance of developing students’ reading, writing and communication skills through high expectations and regular daily practice. We have a whole school focus on spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPAG) and every teacher takes responsibility for literacy in their subject area. A consistent approach, time and the repetition of these key skills have a powerful effect on student progress. We provide opportunities for students to read within the school week and we encourage parents to support this at home. During tutor time our Y7 students currently take part in our reading for pleasure programme, which is largely centred on the use of our LRC resources, whilst our Y8 students engage in a form reading text. In Y9 and Y10 our students focus on a challenging but thought provoking programme of non-fiction reading and discussion.
The school community as a whole supports us in our expectations that students speak in Standard English, expressing themselves in full statements wherever possible. By working together as a learning community to build students’ literacy skills, we believe that students will have the necessary skills to be successful with their education at Darwen Vale and beyond.
We also provide a range of interventions including small group teaching for our students needing additional literacy support, which we use the catch-up premium to fund.
The table below provides an overview of the progress that our students in Y7-10 made as a result of teaching and learning and interventions at Darwen Vale last year:
|Made above 3 years progress||14||9.5%|
|Made above 3 years progress||21||16.5%|
|Made above 3 years progress||20||15%|
|Made above 3 years progress||8||7%|
For more information on any aspect of Literacy at Darwen Vale or the small group interventions, please contact:
Diane Hayes, Assistant Principal for English – DHayes@darwenvale.com
Sharron Pollitt SENCO – SPollitt@darwenvale.com
At Darwen Vale, we believe that to be truly functional, our students need to be highly numerate.
From January 2019, and to ensure that numeracy is high on the school agenda, we have a weekly numeracy activity in the form of Numeracy Ninjas which is completed during tutor time across the school.
For students requiring additional Numeracy support, we also provide a range of interventions including small group teaching.
The impact of the Numeracy Ninjas initiative in 2018/19 was as follows:
In Y7 78.95% of the cohort improved their scores;
In Y8 78.95 % of the cohort improved their scores;
In Y9 79.17% of the cohort improved their scores;
In Y10 85.71% of the cohort improved their scores.
Overall 83.33% of students improved their ninja belt colour and as a result of Numeracy Ninjas last year across 20 weeks of the academic year students in Y7-10 collectively increased their ninja score by over 5000 marks.
For more information on any aspect of Numeracy at Darwen Vale or the small group interventions, please contact:
Gemma Holden, Assistant Principal for Maths – firstname.lastname@example.org
Sharron Pollitt SENCO – Spollitt@darwenvale.com
Catch-Up Premium 2018 – 2019
The Year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up premium is additional funding given to schools to support year 7 students who did not achieve at least the ‘expected standard’ in reading or Maths at the end of key stage 2 (KS2).
During the academic year 2018-2019 the catch up premium funding that the school received was £14,493. In 2019 – 20 the catch up premium funding will be £14,493 (subject to change).
During the academic year 2018-19 Darwen Vale High School used the premium for:
Staffing to allow for smaller sets for lower ability students in English and maths.
Additional literacy and reading provision including the IDL (Indirect Dyslexia Learning) programme and tutor reading.
Foundation group in Year 7 and Year 8 – Introduce timetabled numeracy and literacy intervention sessions for all students in the foundation groups and Numeracy Ninjas in tutor time.
Intervention groups – focusing on improving areas of need such as SLCN (Speech, Language and Communication Needs), memory and numeracy.
HLTA reading support through the IDL programme – Additional reading support sessions timetabled weekly to complete the IDL programme.
Numeracy Ninjas in tutor time.
As a result of our catch up strategy 77% of the students who entered Darwen Vale with an English KS2 score below 100 met or exceeded their target, whilst in maths 45% of the students who entered Darwen Vale with a maths KS2 score below 100 met or exceeded their target. In both cases the students who qualified for catch up funding either exceeded the progress of students who did not qualify for the funding or they made progress in line with them.
In 2019 – 20 Darwen Vale High School will use the premium for:
Staffing to ensure that the Lit Programme runs effectively. Smaller groups will be led by TAs to ensure maximum impact.
Additional literacy and reading support will be provided through the IDL programme and tutor time reading.
Supporting our foundation groups in Y7 and Year 8.
Further developments with our HLTA reading support.
Staffing so lower ability students can be taught in smaller groups in English and maths.
Numeracy Ninjas in tutor time and in some selected maths lessons.