Y7 Literacy & Numeracy Catch-Up Premium

Year 7 Literacy and 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 the National Standard 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.

Performance

The school received £37,000 in 2016-2017 for Year 7 literacy and numeracy catch up funding.

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  • Small group literacy intervention group– Small groups of students were withdrawn from lessons to work on basic English skills with our English TA, these groups focus particularly on writing skills such as spelling and punctuation.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

The school received £28603 in 2016-2017 for Year 7 literacy and numeracy catch up funding.

In 2016 to 2017 the school received the same overall amount of year 7 catch up premium funding that 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

 

£218

Total amount of funding received £28603

Small literacy/numeracy intervention groups – Small groups of students were withdrawn from lessons to work on basic literacy and Maths skills with our English/Maths TAs. In their literacy lessons, these groups focus particularly on reading skills and spelling, punctuation and grammar linked to the KS2 external assessments thereby allowing any misconceptions and gaps in learning to be addressed and progress to be made. 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 undertook a comprehensive external curriculum review to ensure pupils are being supported in making progress to achieve their potential.  This had led to a variety of decisions that will better support our students in making progress.

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.

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

Planned spend 2017/18

For Year 7 literacy and numeracy catch up funding £28,600

Overview of the school and funding for 2017/18

Planned spend 2017/18 for Year 7 literacy and numeracy catch up (projected) funding is £28,600.

In 2017 to 2018 the school will receive the same overall amount of year 7 catch up premium funding we received in 2016 to 2017, adjusted to reflect the percentage change in the size of their year 7 cohort, based on the October 2017 census.

Total number of pupils on roll (September 2017) 1983
Total number of year 7 students on roll 282
Total number of students eligible for catch up funding 131
94 students did not reach National standard in Maths and 108 in English, with 71 students not reaching this standard in both Maths and English.

Amount of funding received per pupil

 

£282

Total amount of funding received (projected) £28600

Small group literacy/numeracy intervention group – Small groups of ‘catch up’ students will be withdrawn from lessons to work on their literacy and Maths skills. This year a qualified teacher will be delivering the literacy lessons and Maths TAs will continue to deliver the Maths lessons. For literacy, these groups will link more closely with the assessment pieces that students will study towards in their Baccalaureate lessons as well as reviewing any gaps in learning from KS2. 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 –The literacy curriculum, of the baccalaureate, links closely to the skills used during KS2 and to the standardised scores achieved by students in their KS2 external assessments thereby allowing for more targeted support in lessons and more accelerated progress. Groups are set according to both external and internal assessments ensuring that the learning is focused on the particular learner’s needs. Four extra literacy lessons have been created within the timetable to allow for more support to be given to those students who need extra help.  These lessons focus on reading, writing, speaking and listening enabling students to develop in all areas of literacy through extended support.

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.

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

Hall Cross Academy
Artsmark
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