Year 7 Catch-Up Premium 2018/19

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding to support year 7 pupils who did not achieve the expected standard (a scaled score of 100) in reading and or/maths at the end of key stage 2. Using various interventions, we as a school focus on giving these students the opportunity to ‘catch up’ to their peers in their first year at secondary school. Schools decide how this additional funding should be spent to best support the boosting of these young people’s progress.

In 2018/19 we will identify the Catch-up premium cohort, using the PiXL MicroWave Question Level Analysis, of the KS2 papers, to pin point the key areas that these students may need additional support with.

This academic year 57 students have been identified as Non Secondary Ready in Reading and 57 students were identified as Non Secondary Ready in Maths.

 

How we intend to spend our allocation for 2018/19

Maths Interventions

A Level 4 Teaching Assistant who specialises in numeracy has been employed since Sept’15 to give students a mix of small group extraction and 1:1 support focusing on;

  • Created a specific intervention group in Maths for identified pupils.
  • Developing students understanding of core mathematical principles.
  • Giving students the time and support to practise and master core mathematical skills.
  • Building student’s confidence in maths and fostering enthusiasm for the subject.
  • Extra masterclass lessons after school.

 

English/Reading interventions

  • A teacher has been employed to deliver Reading lessons to all pupils in year 7 and 8. Pupils are identified for catch up support and placed in small groups to support their reading.
  • Two TAs will be leading a range of bespoke reading/literacy interventions for our nurture group in year 7.

 

How we spent our allocation in 2017/18

In September 2017, 35 students were identified as Non Secondary Ready in Reading and equally 35 students were identified as Non Secondary Ready in Maths. Witton Park Academy was allocated £17,500 as part of the Catch up Premium to help improve learning outcomes for our Catch up students

We provided a range of bespoke and individualised interventions for these students who were allocated support that was appropriate for their needs.

Maths Interventions

  • 15 Catch-up premium students were taught Maths in a small nurture group.
  • A level 4 TA targeting pupils for catch up Maths
  • Cross curricular interventions involving Food Tech, Science, and Gardening were used to boost student’s numeracy skills.

 

English/Reading Intervention

  • 15 Catch up students were taught English in a small nurture group.
  • A Level 3 Teaching Assistant who specialises in literacy was employed to deliver a variety of interventions i.e. Catch-up literacy, Accelerated Reading, PiXL Phonics and Word shark.
  • Students were supported by being allocated to a Literacy Intervention Group, 1:1 individualised support and small group tuition focusing on reading, spelling, writing, and comprehension.

 

 The impact Catch-up Premium had in 2017/18 

The progress of the cohort of 70 students was as follows; 35 students qualified for the Maths catch-up premium.

 

Maths

Level of progress Number of students
Total number of Students 35
Students who were on target at Assessment Point 3 20
Students who completed the Numeracy Cath up programme successfully 20
Students who will continue to get support and be monitored in year 8 15

 

Reading/English

35 students qualified for the Reading/English catch-up premium

Levels of progress Number of students
Total number of students 35
Students who were on target at Assessment Point 3 16
Students who completed the Literacy Catch up programme successfully 16
Students who will continue to get support and be monitored in year 8 19

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