Numeracy & Literacy

All students in Years 7 and 8 are assessed for their reading ages. We aim to promote a love of reading through our curriculum and ensure all students become confident, independent readers. Upon entry to Year 7, students with the lowest literacy skills receive additional reading support. In addition, there are a range of bespoke reading strategies in Y7-11 to support individuals eg. Fresh Start (Read, Write, Inc), Corrective Reading and Toe by Toe. All students have access to independent reading during tutor time and also as part of their English lessons in Years 7-9..

Every child at The Vale has access to a number of online programmes to support numeracy. All students have access to Hegarty Maths and Year 9 – 11 students are set specific tasks to complete as homework. Year 7 and 8 students are able to access Sparxs to develop their numeracy skills and this programme is used to support home learning in Year 7 and 8. Students identified as falling behind age related expectations attend after school intervention and also benefit from additional small group tuition during maths lessons.

Our learning mentors in English and Maths offer small group and individual support for identified students from Y7-11