The Road to Recovery: Year 7 Catch-up

How Renaissance can support you with your Year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up students


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All secondary schools have the same target for their Year 7 students who have not met primary standards in reading and maths: to help them catch up to their academic peers.

Supporting students’ catch up may feel like an onerous task, especially with the current workload pressures teachers are currently facing.

It requires 2 steps:

  1. Finding effective evidence-based programmes. This may include research using the Education Endowment Foundation’s (EEF) studies or information from the Department for Education’s website.
  2. Measuring progress to identify when students have reached the expected standard— and being confident that the measurement is accurate.

Updated for the 20-21 school year to look at the role of Focus Skills in closing learning gaps, and KS2 benchmarks, this Year 7 catch-up guide highlights the correlation study carried out using Renaissance Star Scores and the Key Stage 2 SATs. The correlations are high and mean you can accurately track students and identify when they have reached the Primary standard in reading, maths and spelling and grammar.

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