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Year 7 Catch-Up Fund

Catch-Up 7 Funding

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding to support year 7 pupils who did not achieve the expected standard in reading or maths at the end of key stage 2 (KS2). The range of scaled scores available for each KS2 test is the same and will stay the same in future years:

  • 80 is the lowest scaled score that can be awarded
  • 120 is the highest scaled score

A pupil awarded a scaled score of 100 or more has met the expected standard in each test. A pupil awarded a scaled score of 99 or less has not met the expected standard in the test.

Last year £500 was allocated per pupil eligible for this funding. Funding allocation for 2017-18 was £13,500 and for 2018-19 is unconfirmed until February 28th 2019

Last year, this funding was used to support students through weekly small group sessions in literacy and / or numeracy, building a stronger skills base with which to access the whole curriculum and therefore developing confidence.

Literacy in 2017-18:

Students were able to work on their skills of decoding and comprehension through targeted reading using the Accelerated Reader programme, to improve single word and sentence reading levels. This programme improved literacy levels for those on the programme of additional skills teaching by <6months –  2years> and at the end of the year, 50% had improved their reading age to the extent that they were recognised as being able to access their KS3 curriculum without further support.

Age-appropriate reading materials and other resources were purchased for homework club and for the library, and students’ literacy sessions were tied-in with using and discussing these texts.

Our key priority for 2017-18 was to address literacy levels with small intervention groups of 2-4 students, using our KS3 Literacy interventionist. She worked in conjunction with the English staff at KS3 in addition to the Head of Department to ensure sharp targeting. In small group work, she addressed specific issues and then worked with the students in class periodically to monitor their progress and to ensure relevance and continuity with classroom teaching. Students were also able to work with the rest of their class on improving literacy through an additional, differentiated literacy-based lesson on a weekly basis designed by their English teacher.

Over 200 age-appropriate books were purchased for Year 7 students which were used in tutor time on a regular basis and in rotation to encourage reading activity. There was also an additional literacy lesson on Year 7 timetables last year and this will be continued into 2018-19.

Identification of the students to be included has been achieved using the scaled score for KS2. Some students have an SEN which means that their targeted literacy interventions are delivered from the Learning Support Centre.

Numeracy in 2017-18:

Students were targeted for this intervention using gap analysis of basic functional skills and operations. The sessions took part on a weekly basis and sometimes more frequently in a week, depending on need. The main aim was to build confidence and an age-appropriate skill level to enable students to function appropriately in the classroom.

Interventions were 1:1 and / or small group size (3-4) and supplemented by additional sessions with classroom teachers that ensured students were working in parallel with their peers, making re-integration far easier.

The second priority was numeracy levels, and these are addressed through a dedicated HLTA who worked with larger groups in KS3, focusing on basic, underpinning numeracy skills, whilst building confidence and enthusiasm for the subject.

By end of academic year 2017-18, all of those students who were attending Maths Catch-Up 7 interventions were on track for their flight paths.

Identification of the students to be included has been also achieved using the scaled score for KS2, unless that score is reflective of a student’s SEN, in which case they will receive targeted and appropriate numeracy intervention in the LSC.

Catch-Up Funding 2018-19:

Pupils have been identified for Catch-up 7 programme in both literacy and numeracy. The Accelerated Reader programme and DEaR (Drop Everything and Read) is continuing throughout the Year group. 250 books that are age-appropriate have been purchased. Students in the nurture group (some of whom who are also eligible for Catch-Up 7 funding) receive more literacy-based curriculum time within their week.

A more formal programme for intervention is planned following the publication of the allocation for 2018-19.