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Core Skills




Our aim is for all students to be able to access the broader curriculum and to embrace the Burgate expectations [be safe, be respectful, be ready to learn]. We want our students, through a range of targeted interventions, to improve levels of literacy and numeracy and to demonstrate high expectations of themselves as individuals. Through collaborative and bespoke learning, we aim to close the gap for Core Skills students and for them to improve their personal organisation, resilience and independence.

Year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up premium:   2018-19   2017-18

Core skills learning takes place in the library where students work in small groups and receive high levels of support.

Interventions are bespoke to the individuals who follow the core skills curriculum pathway and along with targeted lessons (delivered by the Lead Practitioner, specialist teachers and LSAs) include:

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Readingplus - an online reading lesson designed to improve the quality of students reading for meaning and reading speed at comprehension level.

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Rapid plus -
Small group reading support delivered by an accredited LSA

 CatchUp Literacy  

Catch Up Literacy - booster sessions delivered by a Catch Up Literacy accredited LSA

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Catch Up Numeracy
- one to one booster sessions delivered by a Catch Up Numeracy accredited LSA

 PiXL Maths logo  

Pixl times tables
– online times tables revision and challenges

 Accelerated Maths  

Accelerated Maths – a bespoke Maths intervention strategy supported by specialist Maths teachers to improve core mathematical skills at KS4

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Seneca learning
– subject specific online revision for KS4 students

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– mindfulness training for KS4 students, managing anxiety and exam pressure using the headspace app

 Humanities Support  

Humanities support
– one to one and small group revision with trainee teachers and Sixth form students.

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Homework support and guidance
- classroom support with managing firefly, finding resources and completing extended homework tasks at KS4.

 Memory SkillsTraining  


Memory skills training - focus in lessons on long and short term memory and developing retention of key facts