Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up Premium

Catch-up premium funding is received by the school for all students who join us with a Key Stage 2 Level below a Level 4 or a score of less than 100 for either English Reading or Maths.  Funding for catch-up premium is based upon the funding from previous years.  This does not mean an individual entitlement to the funding, rather the school has the discretion to spend this money to ensure that identified students are able to make the necessary progress.

Proposed Expenditure for 2017/2018

Funding to be in-line with previous years £12,000 (confirmation in September/October 2017)

  • Accelerated Reader programme for all of Year 7 and Year 8 students: £4,000
  • Supporting staff costs for small group interventions, increasing the students who are taken out of language withdrawals and placed in intervention groups for literacy and reading specifically: £2,000
  • Literacy and Numeracy Coordinator roles: £5,500
  • Additional Reading support programme for students not meeting their target grade: £500

2016 – 2017

For the 2016 – 2017 academic year, we received funding of £12,000 for the 54 Year 7 students who achieved a scaled score below 100 in their Reading SAT test. Along with 48 students who achieved a scaled score below 100 in their Numeracy SAT test.

Literacy
Of the 54 students who achieve a scale scorebelow 100 in their SATs, by the end of year 7 69% had met or exceeded their end of year target grade. (Based upon FFT 5 – aspirational target). 31% of students were within 1 band of their target, with the vast majority being 1 sub band away from their target.

Numeracy
Of the 48 students who achieved a scale score below 100 in their SATs, by the end of Year 7 79% of students met or exceeded their end of year target grade. (Based upon FFT 5 – aspirational target.) 21% of subjects were within 1 band or their target and as with Literacy, the vast majority of these were one sub band below their target.

INTERVENTIONS during the 2016 – 2017 academic year included:

  • Withdrawal from Language lessons for small group interventions for Literacy and Numeracy: £3,000
  • Maths lesson interventions, taught in 6 week blocks: £1,000
  • Reading, phonic and handwriting sessions: £1,000
  • Access to the Accelerated Reader Programme: £3,200

Along with the above, students have access to:

  • Literacy and Numeracy Coordinator roles: £5,500
  • Resources for interventions and books for accelerated reader programme: £1,000
  • My Maths subscription: £600

EVALUATION:
Overall we are pleased that the vast majority of students made good progress towards their aspirational end of year targets. This is due to the high-quality teaching and learning taking place in English, Maths and intervention sessions. Along with the effectiveness of resources, we have bought in to use with the Year 7 students, such as the Accelerated Reader Programme.
The current Year 7 cohort, moving into Year 8 next academic year based upon their SAT and end of year tests show they still have a slight ‘performance gap’ compared to other year groups in the school. This is something we believe we can address as these students move into Year 8 and 9.


Proposed Expenditure for 2016/2017

Funding in-line with previous years£12,500

  • Accelerated reading programme for all of Year 7 and Year 8 students who did not achieve a Band 3 last academic year:- £4,000
    Supporting staff costs for small group interventions along with Literacy and Numeracy Coordinator roles:- £7,000
    Subject-specific resources, such as games for numeracy:- £1,000

2015 - 2016

For 2015-16 academic year, we received funding of £12,500 for 25 students in Year 7.

English
14 students joined us in September 2015 with an English Reading Key Stage 2 Level below a Level 4.
Of these 14, 6 of these students were all working consistently at a Band 3 (Equivalent to a level 4 in previous years) by the end of Year 7. With two of the students working at a Band 4. Of the 8 remaining students who did not reach a Band 3, 7 were less than two sub-bands away from a Band 3. The one remaining student was two bands away from a Band 3. For this student, English is a foreign language. For the 8 students that missed out on a Band 3, next academic year they continue to be monitored in their progress within English lessons. They will also have access to the accelerated reader programme which will start in English lessons for Year 7 students, along with other interventions, such as Pupil Premium workshops they may attend.

Maths
All of the 18 students who joined us with a Maths Key Stage 2 Level below a 4, by the 2016 summer term were working consistently at a Band 3 or above. (Equivalent to a level 4 in previous years.) 14 of the 18 students were consistently producing work at a Band 4 or higher towards the end of the year, which is fantastic for their progress as they move through the key stage. The 6 students who achieved a Band 3 will be monitored by the Maths department in Year 8 and interventions of small group lessons will take place where needed to ensure they maintain a good level of progress.

INTERVENTIONS
during the 2015-2016 academic year included:

  • Withdrawal from Language lessons for small group interventions for Literacy and Numeracy:- £3,000
  • Maths lesson interventions, taught in 6 week blocks:- £1,000
  • Reading, phonic and handwriting sessions:- £1,000

Along with the above, students have access to:

  • Breakfast Club, Peer Reader sessions and Homework Club:- £1,200
  • Literacy and Numeracy Coordinator roles:- £5,500
  • Resources for interventions:- £800

EVALUATION:
Overall we are very pleased with the progress our students have made this year in English and Maths. In Maths, for all students who came to us with a Level 3 or below to be achieving a Band 4 (equivalent to a Level 4 in previous years) or higher, is fantastic. This really shows the effectiveness of the intervention strategies taking place throughout the year. English results were positive, even though 8 students missed out a Band 3, the majority of these were only by one sub-band and four of these students came to us with very limited information regarding their progress at Key Stage 2. To help support these students in Year 8 along with new catch-up premium students in Year 7, the school will be using the Accelerated Reader programme from September. 


2014 - 2015

For 2014-15, we received funding of £12,000 for 24 students in Year 7.

English
4 of these 24 students joined us with an English Reading Key Stage 2 Level below a 4.
1 student left the school during the year, and the remaining 3 students are all working consistently at a Level 4 by the end of Year 7. These students have been allocated to English support groups, have received focused intervention from the Progress Department and have received Sound Training to improve their reading skills. We will continue to monitor their progress in Year 8 and provide support as necessary.

Maths
All of the 24 students also joined us with a Maths Key Stage 2 Level below a 4.  2 of these students left the school during Year 7. By the summer term, 8 of the remaining 22 were working consistently at a Level 4. In addition, 7 students had achieved one or more Level 4 or above in test conditions during the year. The remaining 7 students will continue to be supported into Year 8.  All 22 students have been allocated to Maths support groups and have also either received intervention from the Progress department during the year or been part of a 6 week Maths intervention group.  All students involved in this group have shown an improvement in test scores following the course.

SPEND 2014-15 (£12,000 total)
£2,500 on Sound Training
£9,500 on staff costs to facilitate small groups and progress intervention; removal from Modern Foreign Languages and/or 6 week interventions.

EVALUATION
We are delighted with the improvement in English Reading levels for these students and feel that this is as a result of both the small group intervention work and Sound Training. We will continue with these strategies in 2015-16. With regard to Maths, the 6 week intervention groups have been very effective in improving scores and we will continue to use this focused intervention into next year. However, we are continuing to look for effective strategies for some students. Next year we plan to trial the use of numeracy games to help engage students and improve their timetables.


2013 - 2014

For 2013-14, we received £10,500 funding for 21 Year 7 students.

English
13 of these students joined us with an English Reading Key Stage 2 Level below a 4. 1 student left the school during Year 8. The remaining 12 students have all made excellent progress of between 4-6 sub-levels from their Key Stage 2 results and are now mostly working at a Level 5, with the 3 students who joined us with Key Stage 2 results below a Level 3 now working at a Level 4.

Maths
13 students joined us with a Maths Key Stage 2 Level below a 4.  2 students have made excellent progress and are now consistently working at a Level 5.  3 students have made good progress and are now consistently working at a Level 4.  3 students left the school by the end of Year 8. The remaining 5 students, who joined us with very low Key Stage 2 results of a low Level 3 or below Level 3, have made progress and will continue to be supported into Year 9.  All these students are in a small Maths intervention group.

SPEND 2013-14 (£10,500 total)
£8,635 on Sound Training
£1,865 on staff costs to facilitate small groups

EVALUATION
Although Sound Training has had some impact, the main improvement in English Reading levels is judged to come from small groups. As a result, we intend to focus more on small intervention groups in 2014-15, withdrawing students from Modern Foreign Languages where appropriate, whilst continuing with Sound Training for key students.


2012 - 2013

For 2012-13, we received £11,000 funding for 22 Year 7 students.

English
15 of these students joined us with an English Reading Key Stage 2 Level below a 4. One of these students left the school during Year 7.  Of the remaining 14, 12 students (86%) had made sustained progress and were working at a Level 4 by the first-grade report of Year 8. The two remaining students, one of whom who had joined us with a Key Stage 2 Level below a 3, were also making progress and working at a high Level 3. They will continue to be supported through Year 8.

Maths
15 students joined us with a Maths Key Stage 2 Level below a 4. One of these students left the school during Year 7. All but one of the remaining 14 students made progress and achieved at least one Level 4 or above in test conditions during Year 7. By the first grade report of Year 8, 36% (5 students) had made consistent progress and were working at a Level 4. The remaining 9 students continued to be supported during Year 8 by being in a small Maths intervention group and continued to make sustained progress across the year.

SPEND 2012-13 (£11,000 total)
£1,950 on Sound Training
£600 on enabling Maths Department to create a 10 week course for Maths intervention
£7,950 on staff costs to facilitate small groups

EVALUATION
Sound Training and small group work have been effective in encouraging progress and raising levels of attainment in English.   In order to improve progress in Maths, we will aim to find opportunities for more small group work within the curriculum and make use of the intervention course developed by the Maths Department.