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Literacy and Numeracy Catch Up Funding

 

What is it?

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding from the Department of Education to support our Year 7 pupils who did not achieve at least level 4 in reading and/or mathematics at the end of Key Stage 2 (KS2).

What do we do?

We assess the individual needs of each of the students who attract the Year 7 catch-up premium to decide the best way to use the funding. We carefully monitor the progress of all of our students and design a range of programmes and approaches that we know are effective.

How do we do it?

  • All Yr 7, 8 and 9 students are screened using a diagnostic reading and spelling test on ‘Accelerated Reader’ (AR).
  • From Sept 2016, all students in Year 7 and 8 will follow the ‘Accelerated Reader’ - a programme that supports students in reading, enjoying and understanding texts.
  • All vulnerable students in Year 8 and 9 will also have access to AR if they are making below expected progress in English or their reading scores are below their peers or the national average.
  • All LAP students are supported in their mathematics and English classes by smaller class sizes in the bottom sets, and smaller booster groups have also been created.
  • If students are identified as not making expected progress they can then access the additional intervention lessons in English and mathematics. There are 17 hours of additional teaching time per fortnight that could be used to work closely with these students.
  • We have increased the number of lessons students receive in Year 7, 8 and 9 in English and mathematics from 6 to 7 per fortnight in 2016.


What is the impact?

  • In 2013-2014 we received £18,000 additional funding for 9 students who entered school at Level 3 or below in both English and mathematics. Of these, 66% of students made above or expected progress in English and mathematics.
  • In 2014-2015 we received £10,500 additional funding for 21 students at £500.  All students are accessing a range of provision (see above). Their progress is carefully monitored by SENCO, Raising Standards Leader and the Team Leader for English and mathematics. On average all LAP students in Year 7 in 2016 made expected progress in English and 90% in mathematics.
  • In 2015-16 we received £9,500 in funding; 100% of students who were below expected levels at primary School made expected progress in English in Year 7, and 33% made above expected progress. 45% of students made expected progress in mathematics. These students have now been given additional intervention time until they reach the expected level in Year 8.
  • In 2016-17 we will receive funding of about £9,000 for the students who haven’t achieved Age related expectations. Their progress will be carefully monitored by SENCO, Raising Standards Leader for Year 7 and the Team Leader for English and mathematics. It is expected at the end of Year 7 that all students who are not making expected progress will receive additional lessons in English and mathematics to ensure that any progress gap is closed.
  • In 2017-18 we received funding of £8,000 for the students who hadn’t achieved age related expectations. There are 48 students who didn’t meet the standard for English and only 16 for maths. Their progress was monitored by the Special Education Needs Coordinator, The Raising Standards Leader for Year 7, 8 and 9 and the TLR holder for CUS in English. It is expected at the end of Year 7 that all students who are not making expected progress will receive additional lessons in English and mathematics to ensure that any progress gap is closed. The English intervention was delivered to two parts; retrieval and recording and inference. The students who were involved all redid their KS2 tests at the end of the intervention and passed at the required level. The students on average made a 60 mark improvement out of a total score of 100, which was hugely significant. The maths students were seen each week across the year for a 10week programme, where they covered the fundamental of mathematics and consolidated the learning from lessons. All students improved across the year and only 7 students haven’t met their expected grades by the end of Year 7. However their progress in the programme was difficult to assess and more work next year is needed to monitor the impact of the intervention and support they received.

     

    Intervention

     Cost

     Impact

    Extra intervention time for English and Maths 1 to 1

    6 x 1hr per fortnight for Maths £12,000

    12x 1hr per fortnight for English £24,000

    All students in English were making expected progress at the end of Year 7 and 57% of CUS students in maths were making the expected progress.

    Additional Accelerated reader lesson per fortnight.

    £24, 000 staffing additional lesson for students in Year 7, 8 and 9.

    All students achieved a positive residual score between Star reader test 1 and Star reader test 6. Where all students’ scores have increased. Each students score was monitored after each test and specific intervention from the literacy coordinator was given during AR lessons.

    Accelerated Reader scheme

    £6,000 per year

    As above

    Catch up funding responsibility for English

    £1200

    A support package of resources has been created for Catch-up students in English. And all CUS students’ data was closely monitored by the literacy coordinator for English.

    Total

    £67,200

     

     

 2018-19 plans for allocation: 

Intervention

 Cost

 Impact

Additional Literacy lesson per fortnight where students do Accelerated Reader

£24, 000 staffing additional lesson for students in Year 7, 8 and 9

A positive residual score between Star reader test 1 and Star reader test 6. All students’ scores should have increased and those who have been identified as below expected literacy levels in Year 6 would have made more progress than other students to allow them to catch up

Accelerated Reader scheme

£6,000 per year per Year group

Students reading ages will be monitored closely, so that students can read the most appropriate books that promote their reading skills. Any students who isn’t achieving the expected level will be given additional support. By the end of the year all students reading ages should have increased.

Catch up funding responsibility for English and maths

£2400

Following on from the success of the English programme last year we have created a TLR role for maths. This post holder will create resources for Catch-up students for maths. The programme will be rolled out for Year 7, 8 and 9 students across the year and they will be tested at the start and the end of the programme to assess its impact more clearly.

Total

£32,400