What is it?
The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding of £500 per student from the Department of Education to support our Year 7 students who did not achieve the expected standard in reading and /or mathematics of at least Level 4 at the end of key stage 2 (KS2).
The funding is provided to assist schools in delivering additional support, such as individual tuition or intensive support in small groups, for those pupils that most need it.
What we do
We assess the individual needs of each of the students who attract the Year 7 catch-up premium to decide the best way to use the funding. We carefully monitor the progress of all our students and design a range of programmes and approaches that we know are effective.
How do we do it?
- All Year 7 students are screened using a diagnostic reading test
- All students are supported in their mathematics and English classes by highly skilled support staff
- Most students are taught English and Mathematics in a small nurture group by a specialist teacher and teaching assistant, maximum class size 15
- Some students access a phonics programme to support them with their reading and writing skills. One to one programme of intervention is received
- If students are identified as not making progress they access small group intervention in English and mathematics
- Intervention is offered to all students ran by teaching assistants.
Year 7 Catch-Up Funding 2016-17
During the academic year 2016 – 17, the school provided additional literacy and numeracy intervention to 18 students in Year 7. The school received an allocation of £7,000.
This programme of intervention gave students access to a Specialist Teacher for a minimum of nine weeks. Each cycle of intervention was bespoke to the individual needs of each student in both literacy and numeracy.
|Improved Y7 reading skills||1:1 literacy support||100% of students achieved a positive improvement in reading accuracy using standardised assessments.
Increased reading and use of the after school Homework support club.
|Improve Y7 Literacy skills||1:1 support with a specialist teacher||All 18 students identified as needing 1:1 Support made progress in spelling comprehension and writing, according to standardised assessments.
These interventions directly impacted upon cross curricular classroom performance as a result of improved reading, spelling, comprehension and confidence.
|Improve numeracy skills||1:1 support with a specialist teacher||Basic skills addressed.
Students made progress in basic mathematical skills.
These students continue to be monitored, stretched and challenged with ongoing appropriate support as they move through the school.
The Specialist Teacher taught 281 hours of intervention at a cost of £7,688.20 throughout the academic year