Y7 Literacy & Numeracy Catch-Up Premium

Aim

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding from the Department of Education to support our Year 7 pupils who did not achieve at least level 4 in reading and/or mathematics at the end of Key stage 2 (KS2).

  • 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 for 2015/16

Total number of pupils on roll 1907
Total number of year 7 students on roll 280
Total number of students eligible for catch up funding 57
44 students did not reach Level 4 in Maths and 39 in English

Amount of funding received per pupil

 

£500

Total amount of funding received £28,500

 

The strategies employed included:-

  • Accelerated Reader– All Y7 students were screened using a diagnostic reading test. 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  • Small group literacy intervention group– Small groups of students were withdrawn from lessons to work on basic English skills with our English TA, these groups focus particularly on writing skills such as spelling and punctuation.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 to 13 literacy based lessons per week through our Baccalaureate programme for English and 4 lessons in Maths, resulting in the need for a new English and Maths teacher.  The aim of this was to ensure that students received one reading lesson a week as well as allowing a more extensive focus on core skills in year 7.

 

What was the impact of the strategies employed?

In 2015-2016 we received £28,000 additional funding for 57 students who entered school at Level 3 or below in both English and mathematics.

Literacy – Of these, 39(98%) made expected or better progress and 17(43%) students achieved level 4 in English.

Numeracy – Of these, 37(81%) made expected or better progress and 9(20%) students achieved level 4 in Mathematics

Overview of the school and funding for 2016/17

In 2016 to 2017 the school will receive the same overall amount of year 7 catch-up premium funding we received in 2015 to 2016, adjusted to reflect the percentage change in the size of their year 7 cohort, based on the October 2016 census.

Total number of pupils on roll 1929
Total number of year 7 students on roll 280
Total number of students eligible for catch up funding 131
93 students did not reach National standard in Maths and 103 in English

Amount of funding received per pupil

 

£282

Total amount of funding received £37000

 

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/numeracy intervention group – Small groups of students will be withdrawn from lessons to work on basic English and Maths skills with our English/Maths TA’s. In English these groups focus particularly on writing skills such as spelling and punctuation. In Maths these groups focus particularly on basic mathematical skills and reinforcing ‘everyday’ maths before moving onto more challenging mathematical topics, such as algebra and geometry.

Curriculum review – we are undertaking 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 to set all students in year 7 and to move to a literacy skills based curriculum and thus ensure that students are all taught the basic skills required for success regardless of their starting points.

Springboard 7 Maths Programme- Springboard 7 is an early intervention programme for year 7 students who are not “secondary-ready” in mathematics, helping them to master the basics they may have missed at primary level.

A paper copy of the information on our website is available on request to the School.