Catch-up Premium

Year 7 Catch-Up Premium

The Year 7 Catch-Up premium provides additional funding to schools to accelerate the progress of identified pupils in English and Mathematics. The funding is aimed at Year 7 pupils who did not achieve age related expectations in the Key Stage 2 national curriculum tests in reading and/or mathematics.  The funding enables the school to deliver additional support, such as individual tuition or intensive support in small groups, for those pupils that most need it, so that they catch up with their peers.

Year 7 Catch-Up Premium 2017-18

We have identified 50 pupils eligible for the catch-up premium in the academic year 2017-18 based on students entering KS3 with KS2 reading and maths scores of less than 96. This is made up from:

Literacy ONLY 18 pupils
Numeracy ONLY 15 pupils
BOTH Literacy and Numeracy 17 pupils

The amount of funding for 2017-18 will be approximately £21,000 based on the government statement:

In 2017 to 2018, we will allocate funding to schools on the basis that they receive the same overall amount of year 7 catch-up premium funding they received in 2016 to 2017. It will be adjusted to reflect the percentage change in the size of their year 7 cohort, based on the October 2017 census.

We plan to spend this in a variety of ways, including:

  • Reading Intervention (Switch On)
  • Small group and one to one tuition in literacy and numeracy
  • Resources to support learning
  • Teachers and Learning Support Assistants offering extra intervention and support in literacy and numeracy including Catch Up Numeracy
  • In-class support for literacy and numeracy
  • Lexia reading / spelling programme
  • Additional guided reading sessions in the library

Year 7 Catch-Up Premium 2016-17

We identified 29 pupils eligible for the catch-up premium in the academic year 2016-17 based on KS2 maths and reading scores of 90 or less. This is made up from:

Literacy ONLY 6 pupils
Numeracy ONLY 10 pupils
BOTH Literacy and Numeracy 13 pupils

The amount of funding was approximately £18 000. We spent this in a variety of ways, including:

  • Reading Intervention (Switch On)
  • Small group and one to one tuition
  • Resources to support learning
  • Teachers and Learning Support Assistants offering extra intervention and support in literacy and numeracy
  • In-class support for literacy and numeracy
  • Staff training and delivery of Catch Up Numeracy for a term

Impact of Spending 2016-17

With the exit of National Curriculum levels we have chosen to measure the impact of our interventions using standardised tests to measure reading and maths. These will be either WRAT 4 (Wide Range Achievement Test), Diagnostic Reading Analysis or  Accelerated Reader Star Reading Test. As standardised scores take account of pupils’ ages any increase in a standardised score show accelerated progress. Our aim is to make sure all pupils reach a standardised score of at least 85 and more (putting them in the low average range), the majority a score of over 90.

 Numeracy

Overall the pupils who completed Catch Up Numeracy for a term gained on average 5 standardised score points using the WRAT 4 Of the 7, three pupils gained a score of 85 or over.

Of the 6 pupils who completed additional maths sessions in tutor time with the KS3 Maths Progress Leader all made expected progress within their aspirational bands.

Literacy

Using Accelerated Reader standardised tests the pupils with the lowest scores were given Switch On as an intervention for one or two terms. On average the standardised scores improved by 8 points over the year. 9 of the thirteen pupils scored 85 or over.

Other pupils had small group / paired work for a term and on average their standardised scores improved by 12 points at the end of the term, however there was a small drop at the end of the year, so the net gain was 8 points.

Pupils under an SAS (standardised age score) of 90 will continue to receive support.