Numeracy & Literacy

Upon entry to Year 7, pupils with the lowest literacy skills receive an additional two hours per week of tuition based upon the Miskin Fresh Start scheme, recognised by the EEF as helping Year 7 to make progress in reading. 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 three times per week, 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 De Lacy has access to Hegarty Maths, an online programme.  Pupils are set specific tasks to complete every week as homework but do not access Hegarty maths in class.  A Hegarty Club runs after school so all pupils can complete their homework and in addition pupils can complete extra activities of their choice whenever they wish. All students also have access to GCSEpod which covers traditional subjects but also has SPAG related content.  Hegarty usage is significantly above the national average, as is GCSE pod, where the Academy was crowned international champion in 2019. Pupils identified as falling behind age related expectations attend after school intervention and also benefit from additional small group tuition during maths lessons.