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Intervention Year 7 and 8

Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up – The Advance Programme

Advance Programme details

Advance is a targeted bespoke catch-up programme for KS3 students. It supports students with low literacy and/or numeracy levels from KS2 in making accelerated progress in these areas, achieving the core skills necessary to engage with the secondary curriculum and to function as an effective member of society.

ADVANCE Numeracy

Pupils will follow the Numicon intervention and the Timetable Rockstars programme to enable them to become more confident and gain a greater understanding of numeracy.

ADVANCE Numeracy

Pupils will participate in the Numicon programme within their maths lessons. This will highlight any areas that need to be developed.


Pupils will participate based on their KS2 data for mathematics and follow the Numicon Intervention and Times Table Rockstar programme in order to raise their attainment.


Numicon makes mathematics real. It is based on a proven concrete-pictorial-abstract approach which encourages pupils to explore mathematics using structured imagery and apparatus in order to understand and explain mathematical concepts.


We believe that developing pupil’s ability to communicate mathematically is at the heart of any success; Numicon offers both pupils and teachers a way to substantially improve communication – and therefore a path to richly deserved success.


Numicon uses patterns to represent each number; these patterns are structured so that number relationships can be seen in a new way.


Numicon gives pupils confidence through demonstrating how and why they arrived at their answer. It assesses understanding by watching and listening to what children do and say.


In either paper form or online, Times Tables Rock Stars is a carefully sequenced programme of daily times tables practice. Each week it concentrates on a different times table, with a consolidation week for rehearsing the tables that have recently been practiced every third week or so.


This format has very successfully boosted times tables recall speed for hundreds of thousands of pupils over the last 7 years in over 4500 schools – both primary and secondary – worldwide.



ADVANCE Literacy

The fresh start programME is a structured programme of synthetic phonics to enable students to decode words more easily and therefore become more confident and fluent readers.

ADVANCE Literacy

Pupils will participate in the fresh start programme within their English lessons. this will support them in reaching age related expectations.

Literacy-fresh start

Pupils will participate based on their KS2 data for Reading and Writing and follow elements of the Fresh Start programme (Read Write Inc.) in order to raise their confidence and reading ability, ultimately supporting them to raise their overall attainment.


Fresh Start builds on pupils’ prior learning of phonics at primary school over a series of modules which get progressively more challenging. The programme develops students’ decoding, comprehension, vocabulary acquisition, and writing skills to support their progress, not just in English, but across the curriculum. Independent research conducted by the Education Endowment Foundation demonstrates that the programme is successful in raising the reading ages of students.


We believe that developing pupils’ ability to read and write and, crucially, pupils’ own confidence in their communication skills are key to ensuring students make rapid progress, as are able to access the curriculum at secondary level, and are able to live happy and successful lives beyond their schooling.


The programme is highly structured, purposefully providing students with the opportunity to overlearn the sounds (of which there are 44 in the English language) and the spelling patterns associated with each sound. Each Module includes a text using a key sound and therefore giving students plenty of practice at reading and understanding what they have read, leading to the more complex analysis skills central to the English curriculum.



A joined up approach

Numeracy and Literacy are also developed through Maths and English lessons taught by specialists. These develop core skills and leaders use the analysis of KS2 QLA data to adapt schemes of learning to best suit the needs of the pupils. For example, in 2016/17 the analysis of English KS2 papers showed that skills of inference needed improving so the Year 7 schemes have been revised to develop pupil inferences of texts. This is reviewed each year.


Funding 2018-19

Resources and allocation

  • Budget is approximately £16,000
  • We have made catch up accessible to all students who need it, by delivering it in Year 7 and 8 lessons

Funding 2017-18

Resources and allocation

  • Budget approximately £26,000
  • Funding has increased significantly since 2016/17 to support the further success of the programme.  Advance now supports students in both Year 7 and Year 8.


Funding 2016-17


  • Budget approximately £13,000


  • Funding used for Year 1 of our in-house Advance programme focused on Year 7

 Spending breakdown

  • Hours – 8 hours a fortnight (7 teaching, one support/preparation) x 20 cycles x 2 staff = 320 staff hours
  • Staff member A = £7840; Staff member B = £8160
  • Total – £16000 (£3000 additional spend subsidised by the school)