2017 – 2018

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  • Small group literacy intervention group and 1:1 reading– Small groups or individual students will continue to be withdrawn from lessons to work on basic English skills with our English HLTA or TA, these groups focus particularly on writing skills such as spelling and punctuation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 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