Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up Premium

Like the majority of schools, we receive funding from the government to provide additional support to students in Year 7 who entered the Academy with a Key Stage Two average score of below 100 in either English or Maths.

It is vital that these identified students catch up to their peers as quickly as possible as so much of a student’s achievement across their different subjects is based on literacy and numeracy.

For 2016-17 we received £14,796. This was used to provide a comprehensive support program for the identified students.

This included:

  • Appointing a senior leader whose support, tracking and monitoring of progress for these students is a core part of their responsibility.
  • Appointing a Literacy Curriculum Support worker whose main responsibility is working with students who entered the Academy with a Key Stage 2 average score of less than 100 in English
  • Using the Accelerated reader program as an intervention tool to support students with low reading ages.
  • Using an experienced Maths teacher to work with students who entered the Academy with a Key Stage Two Maths score of less than 100.
  • Provided additional English and Maths lesson time for lower ability students.
  • Developed a literacy and numeracy policy to develop these skills across all subject areas.
  • Refined our Nurture provision to focus on not only developing general literacy and numeracy skills but also to build directly on the work students are doing in their Maths and English lessons.

Impact 2016-17

The vast majority of students who entered the Academy with SATs scores below 100 in English and maths have made good progress.

English

As a cohort, those eligible for the Catch-Up funding had an average point score (APS) of 3.12 at the start of the academic year and an APS of 4.08 by the end of the academic year. An APS of 4 is the expected standard for a Year 7 student.

Maths

In Maths, those eligible for the Catch-Up funding had an average points score (APS) of 3.53 at the start of the academic year and an APS of 4 by the end of the academic year. An APS of 4 is the expected standard for a Year 7 student.

We feel strongly that these students should receive continued support beyond Year 7 so that they continue to work at or above age related expectations; as a result, their progress is monitored throughout Year 8 and additional support is provided if required.

use of the additional funding to help Year 7 pupils catch up in literacy and numeracy has had a positive impact. The vast majority of pupils who are eligible for this support make accelerated progress in English and mathematics and their attendance is good.’              

Ofsted May 2017

2017-18

As of yet, the total amount of funding for this academic year has not been released. However, it is anticipated that the allocation for the Academy will be approximately the same as 2016-17.

After reviewing and monitoring the impact of previous initiatives, the funding will be used to support eligible students in the following ways:

  • Continued use of a Literacy Curriculum Support Worker whose main responsibility is to work with students who entered the Academy with a Key Stage 2 average score of less than 100 in English.
  • Using the Accelerated reader program as an intervention tool to support students with low reading ages.
  • Using an experienced Maths teacher to work with students who entered the Academy with a Key Stage Two Maths score of less than 100.
  • Provided additional English and Maths lesson time for lower ability students.
  • Refined our Nurture provision to focus on not only developing general literacy and numeracy skills but also to build directly on the work students are doing in their Maths and English lessons.
  • Researching, trialing and reviewing the impact of the Lexia program on improving student outcomes in Literacy for those students with a below 100 average in English at Key Stage Two.
  • Provide additional reading intervention for identified students during Supporting Student Progress time.