Year 7 Catch Up Premium

2015 - 2016

*We received £27,000 for Y7 pupils who did not attain a level 4 in English reading and/or maths

*The funding was used to bring in an external company, Pet xi, to deliver week long immersive programme for both subject areas. Learners were engaged in different activities designed to not only develop subject skills but also to develop self-esteem. They also received additional support during the week from staff provided by the school.

*For one pupil, a 2 week bespoke programme was devised and delivered due to his individual needs.

*Looking at the end of year attainment data78% of those who did not achieve the KS2 benchmark did so by the end of year 7 in English and 54% did so in maths.

2016 - 17

We have received the same £27,000 funding as last year for Y7 pupils who were deemed as not being secondary ready at KS2.

This year Maths begun a ‘Maths Mastery’ programme which provides weekly support for 1 lesson per week working to secure the foundations of maths skills. Initial testing took place and pupils were grouped according to ability so that support could be differentiated. Students work through a tailored programme developing their core skills and are assessed again at the end of the block to measure impact. The assessment is based on KS2 success criteria. Further support will continue for those students who require it. We have allocated £10,000 for the ‘Maths Mastery’ programme to be delivered by a visiting teacher working 2 days a week throughout the year.

March 2017 Update – 91% of the students who have been on the Mastery programme so far this year are on track to meet their targets. They are also demonstrating greater confidence and resilience in their main Maths lessons due to them feeling on par with their peers.

Students not ‘Secondary Ready’ in English are immediately enrolled onto the Accelerated Reading Programme, to support their progress in English and as part of this, our library is funded (through Catch-up funding) in order to ensure that it is continually stocked with age-appropriate texts, for those students who have joined us with a below chronological age, reading age.  Where students are significantly below their chronological age, for reading and are unable to access Accelerated Reader, they are enrolled on Read, Write, Ink., where they work 1-2-1 and in small groups with a reading specialist. On completion of the programme, 89% of the students had made at least 1 year of progress, in their reading age, enabling them to move onto the Accelerated Reader programme and into the Accelerated Reader small group intervention (see below).  For those who still have significantly low reading ages, we have also allocated funding to Star Early Literacy testing, from which appropriate intervention will be put in place, for phonics and basic reading skills, in May 2017.
November 2016

Through Accelerated Reader 60% of students deemed not ‘secondary ready’, made at least 6 months reading-age progress, in the first full term.  Students who continued to record a reading age below chronological age, then entered small-group intervention, with an English teacher, again using their Accelerated Reader library books, as a focus of the intervention, to encourage rapid progress in reading ages. 
£7, 500 was allocated to classroom technology (Learn Pads), to facilitate regular reading and quizzing, on the Accelerated Reader programme, so that their comprehension skills improve quickly and support progress in English.  These are now in classrooms and will be ready for use in April 2017.
March 2017

From the small intervention groups, the average reading- age increase is six - eight months, made in the months from January to March 2017. Some students have improved their reading age, to fall in line with their chronological age and will no longer attend intervention.  Those with reading ages still below chronological age, will continue with small-group reading until the end of the year, to maximise progress.