The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium provides schools with an additional £500 for each year 7 pupil who did not achieve at least level 4 in reading and/or maths at the end of key stage 2. For 2016-2017, the funding is to support pupils who did not meet the expected standard on the new KS2 SATs (i.e, they got a scaled score of below 100).
For the academic year 2015-2016 we received £56,516 and for 2016-2017 we will receive £53,439. The money is to be spent in the following ways:
We have purchased additional software to help pupils with numeracy (Symphony) and literacy (Lexia and IDL).
We have introduced after-school sessions to provide additional support for pupils as and when required.
We have introduced a curriculum pathway called Connect; pupils on this pathway have more intensive teaching in and support for Literacy & Numeracy. This pathway has required additional staffing and resourcing.
At the start of the year pupils were tested on Lexia and Accelerated Reader. They were then tested throughout the year. The majority of pupils made accelerated progress in their reading ability over the year. This is backed up by the data from Accelerated Reader. Pupils have also made significant progress in their writing as is proven by the Key Stage 3 tracker scores. This demonstrates that gaps in knowledge are being addressed / have been addressed throughout the year. For 2016-2017 we shall use the results from the Key Stage 2 SATs to identify areas for development and target those specifically during Connect lessons and throughout the remainder of the academic year in English lessons and in the specific literacy skills based sessions. Each class teacher is shared into their class’s data and can see where there are gaps in knowledge. Pupils who need extra support will be given it in the intervention slots.
Pupils were assessed at the beginning of the year using a baseline assessment; this indicated the areas of mathematics for which pupils then had additional support. In their final assessment of the year all pupils had shown marked improvements in the identified areas. For 2016-2017 we shall use the results from the Key Stage 2 SATs to identify areas for development and target those specifically during Connect lessons and throughout the remainder of the academic year. In addition to this, each class teacher analyses their own class’s KS2 data and provides intervention at various points throughout years 7 and 8 when the gaps in knowledge coincide with the scheme of work.