Catch Up Report 2017-2018

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives state-funded schools additional funding to support Year 7 students who did not achieve the expected standard in reading or maths at the end of Key Stage 2.

In relation to the ‘expected standard’, students awarded a scaled score of:

  • At least 100 will have met the expected standard of the test
  • 99 or below will not have met the expected standard in the tes

This means that students with a scaled score of 99 or below in the reading or maths tests at KS2 are eligible for the funding. The amount of catch–up premium in 2017–2018 was £10,592. This was a reduction from previous years due the year 7 cohort being significantly smaller in 2017.

In September 2017, 35 students (42%) arrived in Year 7 who did not meet the expected standard in reading and 28 students (33%) who did not meet the expected standard in mathematics.

English

The funding was used to further support the identified students as follows:

  • Primary school trained teacher was employed to deliver individual and small group sessions to targeted students to improve reading through the Foundation Learning curriculum.
  • Subject specialist English tutor was deployed in English working with identified students in small withdrawal groups.
  • Accelerated Reader lessons were in place for all Year 7 to improve students’ reading and comprehension skills.
  • Switch-on, a reading intervention programme, was offered to identified students and delivered by the school librarian and learning support assistants.
  • A subject specialist teacher was deployed with responsibility for leading and developing high quality literacy resources across the academy.

Maths

  • Online Resources to support mathematics learning in and outside of lessons. These include Times Tables Rockstars and Mymaths.
  • Two Lead Teachers are deployed with responsibility for leading and developing high quality Literacy and Maths resources and interventions across their departments.

The impact of the funding has been measured in English using the STAR reading assessment package, provided through Accelerated Reader, in September 2017, and students were retested using GL National Group Reading Test (Test A), which students sat in November 2018. In addition, student assessments in English have been reviewed to evaluate whether students are on track to meet age-related expectations at the end of Key Stage 3.

The outcomes were as follows:-

  • English: 20% of the identified cohort now have a reading age above their chronological age; 69% of the identified cohort made an improvement on over 15 months on their reading age.
  • English: 56.7% of the identified cohort are on track to meet age-related expectations at the end of Key Stage 3 in English (based on Year 7 Progress Capture 5).
  • Mathematics: 33.3% of the identified cohort are on track to meet age-related expectations at the end of Key Stage 3 in Mathematics (based on Year 7 Progress Capture 5).

Catch Up Funding 2018-2019

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives state-funded schools additional funding to support Year 7 students who did not achieve the expected standard in reading or maths at the end of Key Stage 2.

In relation to the ‘expected standard’, students awarded a scaled score of:

  • At least 100 will have met the expected standard of the test
  • 99 or below will not have met the expected standard in the test

This means that students with a scaled score of 99 or below in the reading or maths tests at KS2 are eligible for the funding.

In September 2018, 48 students (36.9%) arrived in Year 7 who did not meet the expected standard in reading and 38 students (29.2%) who did not meet the expected standard in mathematics.

English

The funding will be used to further support the identified students as follows:

  • Primary school trained teacher is employed to deliver individual and small group sessions to targeted students to improve reading through the Foundation Learning curriculum.
  • Students complete a whole-class reading lesson each week to help improve students’ reading and comprehension skills.
  • Switch-on, a reading intervention programme, will be offered to identified students and delivered by the school librarian and learning support assistants.
  • Learning support assistants will withdraw small groups of students to provide bespoke English and Mathematics interventions.
  • Reading engagement intervention will be offered to identify students by the school librarian.
  • The Senior Leader for Literacy will offer a reading catch-up intervention session to an identified group of students through the period 6 curriculum.
  • A subject specialist teacher will be deployed with responsibility for leading and developing high quality literacy resources across the academy.

Maths

  • Online Resources to support mathematics learning in and outside of lessons. These include Times Tables Rockstars and Mymaths.
  • Two Lead Teachers are deployed with responsibility for leading and developing high quality Literacy and Maths resources and interventions across their departments.
  • Learning support assistants will withdraw small groups of students to provide bespoke English and Mathematics interventions.
  • The Senior Leader for Literacy will offer a reading catch-up intervention session to an identified group of students through the period 6 curriculum.