Catch Up Premium

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding to support year 7 pupils who did not achieve expected standards for reading or maths at the end of Key Stage 2 (KS2). 

In 2016 to 2017 the Education Funding Agency allocated funding to schools on the basis that they receive the same overall amount of year 7 catch-up premium funding they received in 2015 to 2016, adjusted to reflect the percentage change in the size of their year 7 cohort between the October 2015 and the October 2016 school censuses.

How do we use our year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up premium

We assess the individual needs of each of the pupils who attracts the year 7 catch-up premium to decide the best way to use the funding. 

 We use the funding as appropriate to contribute towards: 

· individual tuition 

·  small-group tuition

· TA support

· Additional set in maths

Allocation for the Financial Year 2016 to 2017

 £16,176

English Catch-Up Premium

In the year 2016/17, the Catch-Up Premium was used by English to ensure that any students who did not reach the expected standard in KS2 were provided with some form of intervention that would best support their need. 38 students were identified as having a scaled score of 100 or less. 

Strategies included:

· Provision of a specific TA who works with targeted pupils in their English lessons;

· Literacy group teaching where students are taught in small groups. These students receive more attention and benefit from Read, Write, Inc. sessions as well as studying the regular English pathways;

· Some students attended ILS spelling intervention. 

 Impact

· 91.4% of students made progress in their spelling ages

· 93.7% of students made progress in their reading ages. 

· By the time the AP4 testing was completed, 3 students from the identified cohort had left the school. Of the remaining 35 students 68.8% of them ended the year on or above their target.  

2017/2018

In the year 2017/2018, the plans for catch-up premium are as follows:

· Provision of a specific TA to work with targeted pupils during their English lessons. 

· ILS spelling intervention

· We have increased our literacy groups so that there are four specialised groups in Year 7 providing specialist support for these students. Students study the regular English pathways but also benefit from Read, Write Inc. sessions. 

· We have a view to running a reading and comprehension group which targets students below a reading age of 10 who are not in the literacy groups – this will be in place by November 2017. 

Maths Catch- Up Premium

The year 7 intake of Sept 2016

24% of cohort (53 students) obtained scaled point score of below 100 for Maths at KS2.

Of those students identified as in need of ‘catch up’ for Maths; 66% (35 students) were assessed as being ‘on target’ or ‘above target’ by the end of year 7 for Maths.

Strategies 

An additional set on either side of the year group for Maths, this created small class sizes. This additional set received an additional lesson of Maths over a two week period which was timetabled into the school day. 

A subject specific Teaching Assistant was timetabled to support these additional classes for the majority of their lessons. This was in addition to any support an individual student received as required by their Educational Health Care Plan. 

The focus for the first term of year 7 was consolidation of the ‘basics’ of Maths - addition, subtraction, multiplication and eventually division. This strategy eliminated any misconceptions and enabled the students to achieve a sense of success. The teaching was supported by the use of mymaths and mathswatch outside the lesson. 

All students complete additional work every evening using numeracy ninjas to reinforce the basic concepts of the four operations of numeracy. 

Impact 

· By AP4 a 100% of students had made progress with their numeracy and mathematical skills. This was evidenced at each of the assessment points through formal assessments, with students being able to access questions on GCSE foundation papers. 

· 62.2% of the identified cohort were on or above their target by the end of the year. 

· Students said they felt more confident with their Maths and well supported in lessons. 

 Strategies for 2017/2018 

· The introduction of mathletics from January 2018 for all students 

· Subject specific TA in a proportion of the year 7 lessons 

· Introduced a ‘drop in’ maths support session on a Monday evening 

· Maths ambassadors have been elected and provide support via email 

· Prefects are allocated to all year 7 tutor groups to support the numeracy element