The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding from the Department of Education to support Year 7 pupils who did not achieve at least level 4 in reading and/or mathematics at the end of Key stage 2 (KS2).
- 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
- Total number of students on roll: 478
- Total number of year 7 students on roll: 93
- Total number of students eligible for catch up funding: 10
- Amount of funding received per pupil: £500
- Total amount of funding received: £5000
- 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.
- Enhanced curriculum provision – The new Learning and Thinking Curriculum (LTC) for year 7 continues to include a core text for each 6 week unit to engage students with literacy beyond the English curriculum. The curriculum has been developed to build upon the KS2 curriculum of our partner schools and combine familiarity with the stretch and challenge to enable our students to thrive. This curriculum content has been amended after consultation with a Primary partner to better support the needs of students who are supported by the catch up premium.
- Library resourcing – 10 kindle ereaders and 2 fire tablets have been purchased for the school library as part of a technology drive to entice learners into literacy. A focus on graphic novels and comics as an alternative avenue into classic story telling forms part of our extracurricular provision and additional titles will be purchased during the year.
- Literacy CPD – whole staff CPD on the use of literacy strategies across the curriculum have continued from 2016-17 with SLT drop ins focussing on literacy strategies at regular intervals.
- In class numeracy support – eligible Y7 students will continue to receive in-class support, as well as some withdrawal, to address their individual needs. This will again be provided by an additional specialist Mathematics teacher.
- Form group numeracy intervention – LSA small group and one to one support for targeted students will help to address individual need.
- Learning Zone support – Out of class support will be available to support students as part of a collective approach using a mix of in class support, form time intervention and out of class support to provide multiple avenues to meet individual student need.
- Curriculum review – The curriculum is in constant review to meet the needs of the intake cohort for each year and our close work with our primary partners ensures that we are able to offer a curriculum that enables our students to aspire and succeed.
- We purchased licenses for Accelerated Reader and STAR reading for students eligible for the Catch up Premium. The STAR reading programme is a diagnostic testing tool, which then allows students to borrow books from the library which are designed to be within their zone of proximal development. The students read for 30 minutes every day, with their progress tracked regularly and rigorously by the librarian. In addition, incentive competitions were organised, rewarding students who made the most progress in their AR reading tests.
- Bedrock Learning is a specialist literacy improvement tool, designed to aid acquisition and use of tier 2 academic vocabulary. We purchased licenses for all eligible students and ran an afterschool club to support students to complete the twice-weekly tasks.
- The English Mentor ran handwriting intervention every morning during form time for identified students. Specialist handwriting books and pens were purchased for these students, to support them in maintaining their improved handwriting standards.
- We subscribed to First News, which is the only national newspaper designed specifically for children. We purchased 15 copies of the newspaper each week, which the librarian used during small group interventions to developed reading confidence and enjoyment of non-fiction texts. Students were then encouraged to take the newspapers home, to promote reading with parents/carers.
- We provided staffing in the Mathematics faculty to be deployed to the lowest ability group in Y7 to provide targeted individual and group support. As well as a second specialist Maths teacher, the group also benefited from the regular support of a Mathematics consultant (a former Head of Maths and very successful teacher).
- The average gain in reading age for students eligible for the Catch up Premium was 13 months, across a an 11 month period (September to July). This demonstrates that students are closing the gap with their peers, as their reading ages are increasing faster than their chronological age.
- In terms of vocabulary, the average gain in academic language was 18% for students eligible for the Catch up Premium, compared to a 13% gain for all students in Y7. This again demonstrates effective use of the Catch up Premium, as these students are making accelerated gains in their academic vocabulary.
- Baseline and end-of-intervention assessments carried out before and after the handwriting intervention. For all students involved, the end-of-intervention assessments demonstrated significant improvement in handwriting legibility and speed.
- Student voice activities were undertaken which considered the impact of both the First News scheme. 83% of the students involved said that they had found it ‘enjoyable’ or ‘very enjoyable’, and 75% said they were now ‘likely’ or ‘very likely’ to read more often at home as a result of the programme.
- Students who were eligible for Maths support via Y7 catch up funding improved their numeracy skills, their confidence with numeracy and developed their understanding of the value of numeracy as a life skill.
“Pupils with weak reading, writing and mathematical skills on entry make good progress during their time in the school…The website gives a good account of how the catch up premium supports those pupils who need to catch up with reading. These initiatives are making a positive impact on raising achievement for these pupils…The drive to improve pupils’ literacy across all subjects is successful.”
Ofsted, October 2016