How are students identified?

In the first instance, students on the college roll who do not have a grade 4 in either / both GCSE English language and GCSE maths will form the first cohort alongside those students who have achieved a grade 4 or above in English and/or maths but are from an economically disadvantaged background and would need catch up support. This information will be taken from on entry data entry taken at enrolment and will include students from A1, A2 and any A3 cohorts.

In addition, any student identified as having been disrupted during by the COVID-19 pandemic with special education needs and disabilities (SEND) will also be included.

Support programme design

Academic catch-up mentors will be employed on full time, term time only contracts to deliver small group (max. 5 students) sessions. They will have a specialism in either English and literacy or a specialism in maths. Other non-specialist catch-up mentors may be employed subject to need. These may have a focus on SEND or another academic or vocational area. Additionally, some current teaching staff will increase their programmed hours to also deliver these sessions.

Each full time catch up mentor will deliver 20 periods a week of specialist support with class sizes no larger than 5.

Each student identified as part of this cohort will receive one additional support period per week which will be added to their timetable and registered. Individual students may receive greater input where required. This need will be identified through tracking data across the year.