Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-Up Premium Funding
DfE Literacy and Numeracy Catch-Up Premium funding provides schools with additional funding for Year 7 pupils who do not achieve expected national standard in Reading and/or Maths in the National Curriculum Tests at the end of Key Stage 2. The ‘ring-fenced’ funds are provided to all state-funded schools with a Year 7 cohort and are to be spent on provision which enables the pupils to ‘catch-up’ with their peers during the first year of Key Stage 3.
In 2015-16, St Gregory’s Catholic High School received £13,500 for 27 Year 7 pupils who had not achieved Level 4 in Reading and/or Maths at Key Stage 2. This funding has been used towards the St Gregory’s Catch Up programme, where the individual pupils followed a programme throughout Year 7 specifically designed to address their individual learning needs and hence accelerate their English and Maths progress. Through ongoing monitoring of pupil progress, pupils who have numeracy or literacy difficulties attended either 1-1 or small group sessions delivered by teaching staff, learning support staff and literacy and numeracy coaches. Internal assessments and external packages such as GL external assessments and the Suffolk Reading test ensured that pupils received bespoke intervention to accelerate progress. Support packages such as Read Write Inc, a recognised programme to support the development of pupils’ reading and spelling skills, were also used to resource interventions in literacy.
How we assessed the effect on attainment
Progress was monitored via continuous assessment throughout the year in English and Maths and where applicable the SEND department. As part of the school assessment procedures, the literacy and numeracy leads were able to tailor bespoke programmes to ensure the pupils were benefitting from focused interventions at different assessment points throughout the year.
What effect the expenditure had on the attainment of the pupils for whom it was allocated
In numeracy, on average, the pupils progressed by 2 sub levels with pupil voice confirming an enhanced confidence in the subject area and sense of achievement.
In literacy, on average, the pupils progressed by increasing their reading age by 10 .25 months resulting in increased confidence and access to the curriculum.
To build upon the success of the 2015-16 Catch-Up programme as described above, the funding is used to provide the same year-long programme of 1-1 and small-group provision, provided for pupils who achieved 100 or below in the 2016 National Curriculum Tests in Reading and/or Maths. These programmes will be delivered by literacy and numeracy intervention teams and peer coaches and once again are designed to accelerate English and/or Maths progress. As part of the intervention the teams will also be using “Sumdog” an interactive package which supports acceleration in numeracy and reading. As well as the internal assessment points throughout the school calendar, at the end of the year, pupils will be assessed, using the KS2 SATs papers, to measure progress made and sign post further interventions necessary to help accelerate progress.