LITERACY & NUMERACY SUPPORT
Upon entry to Year 7, pupils with the lowest literacy skills receive additional tuition involving Catch Up Literacy, comprehension reading support groups during registration and additional small group lessons as an alternative to MFL, according to individual need. Some of these interventions continue into Y8 and Y9 for selected pupils. The Cogmed Programme is developed in English Nurture groups to focus on improving memory as a way to develop literacy skills and access to the wider curriculum. Additional support is given to pupils identified as dyslexic through a series of intervention sessions and provision of bespoke resources. Furthermore, all pupils in Year 7 access the Accelerated Reader programme three times per week, which is designed to encourage a love of reading and move children towards age appropriate reading as quickly as possible, testing for comprehension along the way. GL Assessment for all Y7 and Y8 pupils provides essential information for parents and staff to target appropriate intervention.
Every child at Garforth Academy has access to GCSE Pod for support across a range of subjects and Hegarty Maths, an online programme focused on developing their numeracy skills. Pupils are set specific tasks to complete every week as homework and can access further tasks if they choose. Pupils identified as falling behind age related expectations are invited to attend after school intervention and also benefit from additional small group tuition during maths lessons.