Strategies for 2015-16

The Literacy and Numeracy ‘Catch-Up Premium’ provides schools with additional funding to support Year 7 students who did not achieve at least Level 4 in Reading and/or Mathematics at the end of Key Stage 2.

The ‘Catch-Up Premium’ received for the academic year 2015-16 was £11,500 was used to fund the following strategies and interventions:

Core Support   Additional lessons focusing on literacy and numeracy skills delivered by specialist staff trained in appropriate strategies for catch-up students.  Specialist resources for Core Support have also been funded.

Reduced Class Sizes    Those sets of students who receive Catch-Up Premium are taught in English and/or Mathematics groups with no more than 15 students.

Raising Standards Leader (KS3)    Funding for the appointment of a senior member of staff to the role of Raising Standards Leader KS3 which includes the academic monitoring of Catch-Up Premium students.

Specialist TAs    English and Mathematics have been funded to employ TAs specifically assigned to their subjects with a particular focus to support Catch-Up Premium students.

Pastoral Support   The School Counsellor, the Parent Support Adviser and the ELSA are examples of this support.

Evaluation of Impact 2015-16  

•    2 students who had not reached National Curriculum (NC) level 3 in English and Maths by the end of Year 6 had progressed to NC level 3 a or 3b by the end of Year 7.
•    1 student who had not reached NC Level 3 in Maths by the end of Year 6 in Maths by the end of Year 6 had progressed to NC level 3a by the end of Year 7; and for English where he was level 3 at the end of Year 6 he had progressed to NC level 4b at the end of Year 7
•    1 student was at NC level 3 for English and Maths at the end of Year 6 had progressed to 4b for both subjects by the end of Year 7.
•    16 other students achieved NC level 3 for Maths at the end of Year 6 and the outcomes for these students at the end of Year 7 were as follows:

    1 student = 5b
    3 students = 5c
    3 students = 4a
    2 students = 4b
    2 students = 4c
    5 students = 3a

•    2 other students achieved NC level 3 for English at the end of Year 6 and the outcomes for these students at the end of Year 7 were as follows :

    1 student = 5c
    1 student = 4c

Overall, the outcomes are encouraging, with those students who came in below NC Level 3 making good progress and only 5 students (in Maths) not progressing to either NC level 4 or 5 by the end of Year 7.  It is, therefore, these students, in particular, that we will look to support in Year 8.

Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy ‘Catch-Up Premium’

ACTION PLAN : 2016-17

We have not yet received finalised figures for 2016-17 but it is anticipated to be a similar figure as in 2015-16 : £11,500.

Bearing in mind the changes to KS2 assessment scores, we are in the process, based on an analysis of these results and of our own academic tracking of Year 7, to identify the cohort on whom our interventions and support will be focussed.  This information will be published on our website from January 2017.