Year 7 Catch-up Fund
What is it?
The Year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up premium is funding which all schools receive for any student who enters Secondary School without achieving at least a level 4 in reading or maths. This funding is used to help support the progress in English and/or Mathematics of students.
How much does our school get?
Every school receives £500 for each pupil in year 7 who did not achieve at least level 4 in reading or maths at the end of KS2.
How is it spent?
The Year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up premium has been used to fill the gaps in student’s learning from Primary School. In order to ensure that they can fully access the KS3 Curriculum we use the funding to provide Saturday numeracy classes for the targeted group of students.
This type of programme is called an ‘intervention’ and we have chosen this particular strategy based on educational research which shows that small group tuition can accelerate progress.
The main aims of the Saturday numeracy sessions are to:
- Plan and deliver a focused intervention programme to raise the attainment of this group of students
- Support students in grasping the basic maths skills which they did not successfully achieve in Primary school
- Identify the students’ current strengths and weaknesses and feed this back to their classroom teachers
- Assess the student’s general attitude towards learning and ensure that the Growth Mind set values are further instilled.
In addition to these sessions students also reinforce their numeracy learning through the whole school numeracy initiative which supports Year 7 students through numeracy activities once a week during registration time with their tutors.
Support within English is delivered through the Curriculum, daily teaching and whole school literacy initiatives. These include the following:
- Whole school literacy activities delivered in tutor time
- Planned activities focusing on literacy during morning tutor time.
- Challenge the Gap: a collaborative programme working jointly to develop strategies with partner Primary schools.
- Drop Everything and Read. Daily reading to support the development of reading skills
- Reading lessons where teachers intervene and support
- Setting which allows for students below 4C to be taught in small class sizes
- Literacy summer school. This is delivered in August and we invite all students who are below Level 4 for support prior to joining us in September.
- Collaborative planning time for English teachers to support 4C below on entry
What did we spend the funds on last year and what was the impact?
Last year the premium was spent on the same interventions, during term time each Saturday a Year 7 Catch up session was delivered.
We consistently reflect on our Saturday programme and this year has seen changes in the way that our programme is lead, planned and delivered.
How much did our school get?
The impact from 2014-2015 allocation (math intervention programme)
The Saturday intervention sessions were measured on a termly basis. At the start of the intervention students were set a baseline assessment. The final assessment shows that 16 of the 21 students who regularly attended the sessions made progress and the majority of students showed improvements in their mental arithmetic skills particularly with multiplication and division.
Feedback from students has been extremely positive with student commenting on their new confidence in maths.
How will parents know it is working?
We closely monitor and track student’s progress each term through the school Data Harvest and this allows us to see if the interventions are working.
Where can I get further information?
Students who take part in interventions will be assessed at the start and end of the intervention, so that we can see the difference and see what progress has been made.
For more information about how we plan provision and track progress please contact Ms Stone, Assistant Headteacher - firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 8572 1931.