Year 7 Catch Up Premium

Literacy and Numeracy Catch Up Premium

Impact of Literacy Catch Up Premium 2017/18

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding to support year 7 pupils who did not achieve the national standard of 100 in reading or maths at the end of key stage 2 (KS2).

The catch up funding is designed to ensure that students who have not achieved their potential at KS2 are not disadvantaged by this and are provided with the opportunity to ensure they have the same equality of opportunity as their peers by the time they leave compulsory education. The wider aims of the catch up funding include:-

  • To increase social mobility
  • To enable students from disadvantaged backgrounds to get to the top universities
  • To ensure that students from all backgrounds have an equal opportunity to be successful
  • To reduce the attainment gap between the highest and lowest achieving pupils nationally

Review

The effectiveness of the Catch Up Premium spending in reviewed regularly, however a full review is completed annually at the end of the Summer term.

Date of next review – July 2019

2018-19

Overview of the school and funding 2018-19

This year we will receive a substantial increase to the overall amount of year 7 catch-up premium funding we received in 2017 to 2018, adjusted to reflect the high percentage change in the size of our year 7 cohort, based on the October 2018 census. However, the academy is committed to ensuring that all pupils catch up and excel here, regardless of starting points and we have already committed more funding to this area.

Total number of year 7 students on roll  202
Percentage change in cohort  23.17%
Total amount of funding expected to be received  £25,076

 

Starting Points

This information does not include students for whom there is no data, for example students moving from another country.

Strategies employed this year:-

  • Dedicated Nurture Teacher (including dedicated nurture room) – the school will continue to employ a dedicated nurture teacher to teach those students most in need of catch-up in literacy and numeracy in Yr 7 (and in Yr8). Students in this nurture set are taught in the same environment by the nurture teacher for all their English and Mathematics lessons (10/25), easing transition from primary to secondary.
  • Director of Literacy – This leadership position for Literacy that was created in 2017 will continue. Their remit is to ensure high standards of literacy across the curriculum, that students make more than expected progress with their reading ages and that all students who are in need of catch up get the necessary support and intervention.
  • Accelerated Reader– The school will continue to use the Accelerated Reader programme to support the assessment and improvement of students’ reading age supporting their basic literacy skills. The library will continually be stocked to ensure there is engaging material for our weakest readers to allow them to start accessing the scheme.
  • Small group literacy intervention group and 1:1 reading– Small groups or individual students will continue to be withdrawn from lessons to work on basic English skills with our English HLTA or TA, these groups focus particularly on writing skills such as spelling and punctuation and engage in 1:1 reading.
  • Effective teaching and learning– Specific training days to promote literacy and numeracy across all subject areas with departmental representatives appointed in both areas have been built into the CPD programme. The Director of Literacy continues to develop Literacy Across the Curriculum to share outstanding practice, and delivers high quality CPD to staff regularly.
  • Ark Mastery Resources – With the purchase of the Ark Mastery programme for literacy and numeracy within Pupil Premium funding, resources have been collated to help deliver the programme as effectively as possible.
  • Summer school intervention programme for those students who have not met the required level by the end of the July 2018.

Curriculum review– we have undertaken a comprehensive curriculum review to ensure pupils are supported in making progress to achieve their potential.  This had led to a variety of decisions such as the decision to move to a mathematics mastery curriculum and a new Problem Solving lesson and a more challenging KS3 curriculum in English to reflect the additional rigour of testing at KS2 and KS4.

2017-18

Overview of the school and funding 2017-18

This year we will receive the same overall amount of year 7 catch-up premium funding we received in 2016 to 2017, adjusted to reflect the percentage change in the size of our year 7 cohort, based on the October 2017 census. Unfortunately, this will not reflect the increase in the number of students who have entered the academy below the national standard. However, the academy is committed to ensuring that all pupils catch up and excel here, regardless of starting points and we have already committed more funding to this area.

Total number of year 7 students on roll  165
Percentage change in cohort  7.8%
Total amount of funding expected to be received  £18,869
Total amount of funding expected to be received £20,369

 

Starting Points

This information does not include students for whom there is no data, for example students moving from another country.

Strategies employed this year:-

  • Dedicated Nurture Teacher (including dedicated nurture room) – the school will continue to employ a dedicated nurture teacher to teach those students most in need of catch-up in literacy and numeracy in Yr 7 (and in Yr8). Students in this nurture set are taught in the same environment by the nurture teacher for all their English and Mathematics lessons (10/25), easing transition from primary to secondary.
  • Appointment of a Director of Literacy – This leadership position for Literacy that was created last year will continue. Their remit is to ensure high standards of literacy across the curriculum, that students make more than expected progress with their reading ages and that all students who are in need of catch up get the necessary support and intervention.
  • Accelerated Reader– The school will continue to use the Accelerated Reader programme to support the assessment and improvement of students’ reading age supporting their basic literacy skills. The library will continually be stocked to ensure there is engaging material for our weakest readers to allow them to start accessing the scheme.
  • Small group literacy intervention group and 1:1 reading– Small groups or individual students will continue to be withdrawn from lessons to work on basic English skills with our English HLTA or TA, these groups focus particularly on writing skills such as spelling and punctuation and engage in 1:1 reading.
  • Effective teaching and learning– Specific training days to promote literacy and numeracy across all subject areas with departmental representatives appointed in both areas have been built into the CPD programme. The Director of Literacy has already developed a Literacy Across the Curriculum group to develop and share outstanding practice.
  • Saturday Academy intervention for Year 7 students targeted at those identified who are still below progress in the Spring Term.
  • Summer school intervention programme for those students who have not met the required level by the end of the July 2018.
  • Curriculum review– we have undertaken a comprehensive curriculum review to ensure pupils are supported in making progress to achieve their potential.  This had led to a variety of decisions such as the decision to move to a mathematics mastery curriculum and a new Problem Solving lesson and a more challenging KS3 curriculum in English to reflect the additional rigour of testing at KS2 and KS4.

Impact of Catch Up Spending 2017-18:

We assess the impact of our intervention on attainment in Literacy & Numeracy through the following assessment methods:

  • Key Stage 2 Tests
  • CATs
  • Internal Baseline Assessments
  • Class Teacher Monitoring
  • Progress Tests
  • Reading and Spelling Age Tests

Impact of Numeracy Catch Up Premium 2017/18

2016-17

Overview of the school and funding 2016-17

Total number of year 7 students on roll 152
Total number of students eligible for catch up funding 18
Total amount of funding received £18,869

 

Starting Points

This information does not include students for whom there is no data, for example students moving from another country.

Strategies employed this year:-

  • Dedicated Nurture Teacher (including dedicated nurture room) – the school has employed a dedicated nurture teacher (KS2/3 trained) to teach those students most in need of catch-up in literacy and numeracy in Yr 7 (and in Yr8). Students in this nurture set are taught in the same environment by the nurture teacher for all their English and Mathematics lessons (10/25), easing transition from primary to secondary.
  • Accelerated Reader– The school uses the Accelerated Reader programme to support the assessment and improvement of students’ reading age supporting their basic literacy skills. Additional books were purchased for our weakest readers to allow them to start accessing the scheme.
  • Small group literacy intervention group and 1:1 reading– Small groups or individual students are withdrawn from lessons to work on basic English skills with our English HLTA or TA, these groups focus particularly on writing skills such as spelling and punctuation and engage in 1:1 reading.
  • Increase in timetabled English and Maths lessons at KS3– Across all year groups we moved to 4 lessons a week for
  • English and one lesson of ‘Literacy Boost’ and 5 lessons of Mathematics, resulting in the need for additional staffing.  The aim of this is to ensure that students receive one reading lesson a week as well as allowing a more extensive focus on core skills in year 7.
  • Effective teaching and learning– staff professional development sessions have focused on how to work with students that arrive in school with lower than average grades or whose reading age is below 11.  Quality first teaching has the strongest impact on pupil achievement and we believe this is critical to supporting student progress. The work scrutiny audits clearly indicate that all teachers are correcting keyword spellings, grammar and punctuation. Staff have benefited from discussion about extended writing.
  • Summer School Transition Programme Literacy and numeracy themed enrichment and intervention targeted at those identified as below the national standard on entry.
  • Saturday Academy intervention for Year 7 students targeted at those identified as below the national standard on entry.

Impact of Catch Up Spending 2016-17:

Due to the large number of students who arrive at the academy who are below the national standard of 100 in Maths and English, we invest far more into literacy and numeracy than is given in the premium. The table below reflects how much was directly spent from the catch up fund.

Strategy Spend from the catch up fund vs Overall spend
Dedicated Nurture Teacher £11,001.16 +

£2543.87 +

£2733.99

= £16279.02

Accelerated Reader £200
Increase in timetabled English and Maths lessons at KS3 £1000
Effective teaching and learning £600
Summer School Transition Programme £1200
Saturday Academy intervention for Year 7 students £800
TOTAL £20,079.02

 

We assess the impact of our intervention on attainment in Literacy & Numeracy through the following assessment methods:

  • Key Stage 2 Tests
  • CATs
  • Internal Baseline Assessments
  • Class Teacher Monitoring
  • Progress Tests
  • Reading and Spelling Age Tests

Baseline Assessment:

In reading, 53.8% of students (78) were below the national standard of 100 points.

In mathematics, 53.8% (78) were below the national standard of 100 points.

There are 18 students who came in below 90 in reading and 8 in Mathematics.

End of year Assessment:

Students’ reading ages were tracked throughout the year.  When looking at progress, on average students have made 3 years, 5 months improvement.