The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium provides schools with additional funding for each year 7 pupil who did not achieve the expected standard in reading or mathematics at Key Stage 2 (i.e, they got a scaled score of below 100).
For the academic year 2019-2020 we received £9245. The money was spent in the following ways:
1. We introduced after-school sessions to provide additional support for pupils as and when required.
2. We extended the curriculum pathway called Connect; pupils on this pathway have more intensive teaching in and support for Literacy & Numeracy. This pathway required additional staffing and resourcing.
3. Targeted summer school attendance for those pupils who achieved below the 100 scaled score.
Catch Up Students
Year 7 students on roll (2019-20) – 226
Number of pupils with a scaled score of 99 or less in reading – 51 (23%)
Number of pupils with a scaled score of 99 or less in maths – 39 (17%)
Total amount of Catch-Up Premium – £9245
At the start of the year pupils are assessed using baseline tests in spelling and writing. In advance of joining the school, KS2 data for the new cohort is analysed and WRAT tests are completed by all. Pupils who fall below a standardised score of 100 are invited to two weeks of summer school which focuses heavily on improving numeracy and literacy. All pupils are tested using Accelerated Reader and some pupils who fall well below the KS2 scaled score of 100 are also put onto the IDL system. They are blind tested throughout the academic year. Pupils who are deemed to be weaker at reading and writing are put into Connect and receive intensive literacy coaching. We use data from the KS2 SATs to identify areas that our pupils need to work on. All pupils are made to do basic skills lessons as part of their English course. The majority of pupils make accelerated progress in their reading ability over the year. This is backed up by the data from Accelerated Reader. Pupils also make significant progress in their writing as is proven by the Key Stage 3 tracker scores. This demonstrates that gaps in knowledge are being addressed throughout the year. We administer personalised spelling tests each week to every pupil. Pupils who fall below the scaled score in Years 7 and 8 are placed into Connect and work on Lexia and IDL. All KS3 teachers administer intervention when and where required throughout the year.
Pupils are assessed at the beginning of the year using a baseline assessment; this indicates the areas of mathematics for which pupils are then offered additional support. In their final assessment of the year all pupils have shown marked improvements in the identified areas. In advance of joining the school KS2 data for the new cohort for 2019 entry is analysed and all pupils falling below a standardised score of 100 are invited to two weeks of summer school which focuses heavily on improving numeracy and literacy. We 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 class KS2 data and provides intervention at various points throughout years 7 and 8 when the gaps in knowledge coincide with the scheme of work.
Impact: Numeracy and Literacy
The impact is that knowledge and understanding are accelerated and the majority of pupils are able to access the full curriculum. For the minority of pupils the Connect pathway is offered into Year 8 and beyond.
Due to Covid-19 and the cancellation of testing, schools have no Key Stage 2 data for Year 7s starting in this academic year. The Year 7 catch up premium has been replaced and schools have been allocated funding for a Covid Catch-Up Plan. The aim of the funding is to support ALL STUDENTS from ALL YEAR GROUPS. School allocations will be calculated on a per pupil basis, with £80 for each pupil in all years. On this basis, we expect to receive £88,560 in total, distributed in three increments over the course of the year.
Schools are expected to use this funding for specific activities to support pupils to catch up for lost teaching and missed education.
Since starting in September 2020 there have been several unforeseen changes including school closure again. We have been guided on how to make the best use of this funding by the Education Endowment Foundation’s (EEF) coronavirus (COVID-19) support guide for schools with evidence-based approaches to catch up for all students. We have appointed a member of staff to lead on a whole-school support plan including individual tuition, an extended Elevate programme, expansion of the Connect pathway and provision of resources and electronic devices. Given the current Covid-19 restrictions, this plan is being regularly reviewed and adjusted where necessary.