Overview of the College
Summary of Catch Up Funding Spending 2020-21
The overall College policy was not to create one generic solution for every student with a 4 or lower in GCSE English or Maths but instead to look at bespoke solutions for academic areas that had particular problems with incoming literacy or numerous gaps. We have also tried to target students who are also on our lists of disadvantaged students wherever possible. We feel that this targeted approach will bring the best value to our students.
Level 2 Provision
To support Level 2 students, who are resitting GCSE Maths, small group sessions have been created of 1 hour each for up to 5 students that will run throughout the year that are in addition to the regular provision. The sessions are run by specialist Maths teachers
In the case of GCSE English, specialist teachers have to date organised 4 catch up sessions in small groups to each of the 23 students
Level 2 Applied Subjects: Business Studies is another area where students have found difficulties because of their literacy skills. As a result small group sessions for up to 5 students lasting 1 hour each have been held in rotation throughout the year. For the Health and Social Care Foundation Diploma, additional small group sessions have been arranged for the 14 students on the course on a rota basis
Level 3 Provision
The Sociology course has a disproportionate number of students with a 4 or lower in GCSE English and so special one-off provision was introduced. Extra sessions of an hour a week for these students was created specifically to support an improvement in their literacy skills. These groups are all for 5 or fewer students and are taught by a fully qualified A Level Sociology teacher who also teaches full A Level groups. Students who are our returning students have 30 min weekly sessions. These groups have run from January 2021 onwards once we had made an additional staff appointment.
English Language, English Lang/Lit, Film Studies and PE A-Level have also arranged additional catch up sessions for both Year 12 and Year 13 students, offering small group 4 sessions each to assist with catch up.
Level 3 Applied Subjects: To assist with catch up small group workshops for students with a 4 or below in English or Maths have been arranged to support students on the following courses: Sports Science, Health and Social Care, Business and Performing Arts
Additional catch up sessions to help with practical skills teaching that has not been possible during lockdown is in the process of being arranged for students on the Extended Certificate in Music Technology
General Study Skills:
In addition to the above, members of the Learning Support Team have offered
- additional 1 to 1 support to EHCP students
- General study skills to small groups of students to improve their organisational, revision and literacy skills. Further sessions will be run in preparation for external tests that will be held in June