Year 7 Literacy & Numeracy Catch Up

The Department for Education has made a commitment to schools to provide additional funding for year 7 pupils who did not attain level 4 in reading and/or maths at the end of key stage 2 (KS2). The catch-up funding is designed to ensure that students are not disadvantaged by this, and have the opportunity to close the attainment gap and be as successful as their peers.

Overview of the school and funding 2015-16

Total number of pupils on roll 820
Total number of pupils on roll in year 7 159
Number of pupils eligible for catch-up funding 30
Total amount of catch-up premium received £15,000

Utilisation of the catch-up premium

The funding has been utilised to provide additional provision in the following ways:

  • Small group and/or individual tuition – intensive literacy support has been delivered by the Learning Manager and Progress Mentors on a regular basis.
  • Small group and/or individual tuition – intensive numeracy support has been delivered by the Learning Manager and Progress Mentors on a regular basis.
  • Computer-based learning resources, including Lexia, and Key Words for Literacy.
  • Accelerated Reader programme - the school uses the Accelerated Reader programme to support the assessment and improvement of students’ reading age supporting their basic literacy skills.
  • Reading recovery programme – involves regular reading sessions on a one-to-one basis.
  • Staff Professional Development - effective teaching and learning has been a major focus throughout the school, to raise standards and expectations, particularly in English and maths. Quality first teaching has a strong impact on pupil achievement and is critical to supporting student progress. 
  • Daily homework club – offering additional intervention, support and guidance.

Impact of the catch-up premium

  • The number of pupils working at level 3 or below in English (reading and/or writing) in September 2015 was 9. In July 2016, there are only 2 pupils working below level 4. However, the respective 2 pupils have made progress and will continue to receive the appropriate intervention.
  • 7 of the 9 pupils have a reading age above ten years of age, making them able to access the curriculum.
  • The number of pupils working at a level 3 or below in maths was 21. In July 2016, there are 4.

Future plans for 2016-17

In addition to the current use of catch-up literacy and numeracy funding, there will be an increase in the number of lessons on the curriculum in English and maths across the school. A lead learner in numeracy and literacy, and a lead for the Accelerated Reader programme have also been appointed.