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Catch-up Funding

What is the Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up Premium?

The Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up Premium gives schools additional funding to support year 7 students who did not achieve the expected standard in Reading or Mathematics at the end of Key Stage 2 (KS2). In 2015-2016 the expected standard was a level 4. From 2016 onwards, the expected standard is a scaled score of 100. Please see https://www.gov.uk/guidance/scaled-scores-at-key-stage-2 for more detail on scaled scores.

All state-funded schools with year 7 students receive this funding. Schools receive £500 for each pupil in year 7 who did not achieve at least level 4 or a scaled score of 100 in Reading or Mathematics at the end of KS2. In the academic year 2015 to 2016 we received £17,000. We receive our funding for the 2016 to 2017 academic year on 1 March 2016.

This group has been identified by the Government because research shows that nationally, students in these categories do significantly less well than other similar students. The funding is designed to help bridge the gap.  At Castle we are proud that we already have excellent personalised provision in place and use the opportunity given to us through this funding to further enhance and extend this provision.

How do we use our Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up Premium?

To begin with, we assess the individual needs of each of the pupils who attract the year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up Premium to decide the best way to use the funding. This takes place using KS2 data as well as CATs, reading and spelling tests taken in term 1 of year 7.

Following this analysis, we use the funding to pay for:

  • individual tuition
  • intensive small-group tuition
  • additional ‘booster’ classes
  • external services and materials

Our commitment to every student

Please rest assured that although the school is investing in this provision, no student will be allowed to fall behind and not achieve their potential. All students are consistently monitored and should they underperform they are entitled to help in improving their performance. The additional monies simply allow the school to add extra capacity to work we are already undertaking.

The Government has asked every school and college to make it clear where this money is being spent and the impact it is having on those young people who are eligible for the Literacy and Numeracy Catch-Up Premium.

Expenditure 2015 - 2016

In the academic year 2015 to 2016, The Castle School received £17,000.

The grant of £17,000 was used in 2015-2016 for the following:

 

£

Literacy: small groups

4400

Literacy: 1:1 support

2400

Numeracy: small groups

4400

Numeracy: 1:1 support

2200

Attendance Support

1200

Resources

800

External Services

700

Rewards

300

Transition

500

TOTAL

17,000

Impact 2015 - 2016

The school’s actions have secured improvements in achievement and progress for the students receiving the Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up Premium.

Literacy

Students in receipt of the Literacy and Numeracy Catch-Up Premium are taught in smaller groups. Depending on their needs, they will work in our additional English or Booster English groups. In addition, most of these students will receive some very small group or 1:1 support on programmes such as Toe by Toe or Hornet, in order to aid their reading progress. Of the 22 students who did not achieve a level 4 in their KS2 Reading test (some of whom were significantly below the expected standard on entry to Castle) half of these students achieved a level 4 in the most recent data capture and all had made progress towards this benchmark. A significant proportion of these students were on or above their challenging targets and some of these students had risen to a level 5 by the end of year 7. Behaviour and Effort grades in English were very positive for these students, suggesting good levels of engagement.

Numeracy

Students in receipt of the Literacy and Numeracy Catch-Up Premium are taught in smaller groups. Depending on their needs, they will work in sets 5 or 6, which have significantly smaller numbers and thus additional teacher time. In addition, most of these students will receive some very small group or 1:1 support with, for example, their times tables, in order to aid their Mathematics progress. Of the 27 students who did not achieve a level 4 in their KS2 Mathematics test (some of whom were significantly below the expected standard on entry to Castle), 11 achieved a level 4 in the most recent data capture and a significant number had shown substantial progress towards targets over the year. Some of these students had risen to a level 5 by the end of year 7

Attendance

The attendance of our students in receipt of the Literacy and Numeracy Catch-Up Premium needs to be in line with the rest of our students in order for them to progress in English and in Mathematics.

In line with our work with Pupil Premium students, the strategies employed to address attendance have included:

  • Personalised contact with home
  • School attendance meetings
  • Early intervention and parental discussions and visits
  • Targeted use of the EWO
  • Key mentors used to support families in ensuring student attendance

During 2015-16 the average attendance of our cohort of Literacy and Numeracy Catch-Up Premium students was above our 95% target for all Castle School students.

Resources

As well as the staffing of the smaller groups and the additional support, the Literacy and Numeracy Catch-Up Premium is spent on the resources needed to run these classes and programmes. This includes, amongst other things, Toe by Toe books, foreign language dictionaries, photocopying for the classes, as well as subscriptions to the online programmes, which are used. The details of these may change year by year depending on the needs of the students. The impacts are outlined in the numeracy and literacy sections above.

External Services

At times it has been necessary to use external services such as an interpreter for our EAL students. This has allowed them and their families to understand  and access the interventions available to them

Rewards

The achievement points system is popular with all students. During 2015-16 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up Premium students received an average achievement points score broadly in line with the rest of our students across all subject areas.

Transition

Literacy and numeracy work makes up a significant proportion of our transition work. This includes visits to primary schools by English and Mathematics teachers, the use of literacy targets and the dissemination of a piece of written work to all teachers, in order to ensure work is appropriately differentiated where needed.  The majority of the students in receipt of the Literacy and Numeracy Catch-Up Premium attended the extended transition programme, which includes English and Mathematics taster lessons. Feedback on this programme and our transition programme is general is always very positive from parents and students.

Planned Expenditure

In the academic year 2016-2017, we predict that we will receive £20,000 in March 2016. The Castle School remains committed to providing effective resources and ensuring that vital support is in place in order to improve outcomes for year 7 students who did not achieve the expected standard in Reading or Mathematics at the end of Key Stage 2.

The planned expenditure for 2016-2017:

 

£

Literacy: small groups

5000

Literacy: 1:1 support

3000

Numeracy: small groups

5000

Numeracy: 1:1 support

3000

Attendance Support

1200

Resources

1000

External Services

900

Rewards

300

Transition

600

TOTAL

20,000