Skills School

Tile Cross Academy recognises that age-appropriate literacy and numeracy skills are an essential foundation both to accessing the curriculum and life opportunities. On arrival at Tile Cross Academy, we receive Key Stage 2 Scaled Scores and Question Level Analysis from the Year 6 SATs.

We recognise that some pupils arrive at Tile Cross Academy with reading and numeracy skills below age-related expectations. If pupils are not able to read to an age-appropriate level and fluency or if they do not have age-appropriate numeracy skills there is an inherent barrier to accessing the rest of the Key Stage 3 curriculum. Furthermore, these pupils will be further disadvantaged through their Secondary Education as a result.

The aim of the Skills School is to ‘catch’ those students with below age-related expectations who would require additional Literacy and Numeracy teaching on entry into Year 7 through our Skills School. Students will study English and Maths within the Skills School. As part of the Skills School English provision pupils will be taught Read Write Inc. Fresh Start Phonics to develop their reading skills.

Pupils in the Skills School still receive a varied curriculum diet, in order to provide an experience of the full curriculum; however we recognise that until the gap is closed pupils will not be able to access the full curriculum. Our ambition is that pupils graduate from the Skills School to access the benefits of both our full curriculum and the life benefits of improved English and Maths Skills.