Year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up premium

Aim

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding to support year 7 pupils who did not achieve at least level 4 in reading or maths at the end of key stage 2 (KS2). The catch up funding is designed to ensure that students who have not achieved their potential at KS2 are not disadvantaged by this and are provided with the opportunity to ensure they have the same equality of opportunity as their peers by the time they leave compulsory education. The wider aims of the catch up funding include:-

  • 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

Overview of the school and funding 2014-15

Total number of pupils on roll 752
Total number of year 7 students on roll 177
Total number of students eligible for catch up funding 15
Amount of funding received per pupil £500
Total amount of funding received £7,500

The strategies employed last year include:-

  • Accelerated Reader - The school uses the Accelerated Reader programme to support the assessment and improvement of students’ reading age supporting their basic literacy skills.
  • Small group literacy intervention group – Small groups of students are withdrawn from lessons to work on basic English skills with our English HLTA, these groups focus particularly on writing skills such as spelling and punctuation.
  • Increase in timetabled English and Maths lessons at KS3 – In year 7 we have moved from 3 lessons and week to 4 lessons a week in English and Maths, resulting in the need for a new English and Maths teacher.  The aim of this is to ensure that students receive one reading lesson a week as well as allowing a more extensive focus on core skills in year 7.
  • Effective teaching and learning - staff professional development sessions have focused on how to work with students that arrive in school with lower than average grades or whose reading age is below 11.  Quality first teaching has the strongest impact on pupil achievement and we believe this is critical to supporting student progress. 

Overview of the school and funding for 2015/16

Total number of pupils on roll 793
Total number of year 7 students on roll 179
Total number of students eligible for catch up funding 52
Amount of funding received per pupil £500
Total amount of funding received £17,000

Planned spend

Accelerated Reader - The school uses the Accelerated Reader programme to support the assessment and improvement of students’ reading age supporting their basic literacy skills.

Small group literacy intervention group – Small groups of students will be withdrawn from lessons to work on basic English skills with our English HLTA, these groups focus particularly on writing skills such as spelling and punctuation.

Effective teaching and learning - staff professional development sessions will focus on how to work with students that arrive in school with lower than average grades or whose reading age is below 11.  Quality first teaching has the strongest impact on pupil achievement and we believe this is critical to supporting student progress. 

Curriculum review – we have undertaken a comprehensive curriculum review to ensure pupils are supported in making progress to achieve their potential.  This had led to a variety of decisions such as the decision to set all students in year 7 and the decision to move to assessment without levels to support a skills based curriculum and thus ensure that students are all taught the basic skills required for success regardless of their starting points.

Appointment of a Director of Maths – We have appointed a new senior member of staff to lead on the new Maths curriculum and to ensure a robust approach to numeracy across the school.