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. This further supports the Accelerated Reader intervention for Years 7 and 8 which is led by the English Department.
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.
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.
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 2017-2018 we received £11,118. The funding received for 2018-2019 is £14,493.
During the academic year 2017-2018 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.
In 2018 – 2019 we plan to use the funding in the following ways:
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.