Literacy & Numeracy
Upon entry to Year 7, pupils with the lowest literacy skills receive an additional two hours per week of literacy. One hour per week is tuition based upon the Totem Reading scheme, recognised as helping Year 7 to make rapid progress in reading. All lessons have specialist classroom support. The second hour per week is taught by our SENDCo in the Learning Resource Centre providing specific literacy support which responds to the identified needs of individual students.
Regular testing/monitoring takes place to create a focus on specific literacy needs. This allows us to keep learning passports updated which, in turn, supports students across the curriculum.
This year we are trialling an initiative which allows these students access to French integrated within their literacy lessons. This enables them to enjoy French in Year 8 with more enthusiasm, confidence and success. In addition, all pupils in Year 7 and 8 access the Accelerated Reader programme throughout the year 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.
Every child at Goole has access to Hegarty Maths, an online numeracy programme. Pupils are set specific tasks to complete every week as homework. Enrichment activities allow all pupils to complete their homework and, in addition, pupils can complete extra activities of their choice whenever they wish. In 2019, Goole Academy pupils made the top 30 schools nationally for the amount of questions answered. Furthermore, pupils identified as falling behind age related expectations attend after school intervention and also benefit from additional small group tuition during maths lessons.