Year 7 Catch-up Premium
The Government has made a commitment to provide additional funding to schools for each Year 7 pupil who has not achieved the expected standard in reading and/or in Maths at Key Stage 2.
This money has to be used to deliver additional tuition and/or intensive support in small groups giving pupils valuable support in reading and numeracy to bring them up to target levels so that they are more likely to succeed at secondary school.
HUXLOW'S FUNDING ALLOCATION 2017-18
In 2017-18, we received £13,021 to support students who were achieving the SATS scaled score of below 100 in English and/or Mathematics when they joined Huxlow Science College in September 2017. Eighty-eight Year 7 students were entitled to receive support; 40 students received support for both, 26 for reading only and 22 for Maths only.
Two Higher Level Teaching Assistants are employed to provide ‘one-to-one’ catch-up support through personalised programmes in English and Maths. These staff carry out assessments, develop the personalised lessons and monitor progress working in liaison with the English and Maths departments.
Students are assessed during the first term after joining the school and will be assessed again using standardised assessments during the summer term to assess the progress they have made with their reading and in Maths. The progress of all of these students is also monitored through the school’s RATE system and through re-assessment at appropriate times during the school year.
IMPACT FROM 2017-18 FUNDING
The targeted interventions funded by the Year 7 catch-up premium have resulted in measurable improvements in both literacy and numeracy. 1a is the expected level at the end of Year 6 on the Huxlow GCSE scale.
English: In 2017-18, sixty-six students received support for their literacy. 57 achieved Level 1a or above in English by the end of Year 7. 26 students achieved a Level 2 or above, making more than expected progress. 4 students achieved a Level 3. 9 students made progress but are still working towards Level 1; they will continue to have additional support in Year 8.
Maths: In 2017-18, sixty-two students received support for their maths. 58 achieved Level 1a or above in Maths by the end of Year 7. Four students made progress but are still working towards Level1; they will continue to have additional support in Year 8. 46 students achieved a Level 2 or above, making more than expected progress. 5 students achieved Level 3.
HOW THE CATCH-UP PREMIUM FUNDING HAS BEEN USED
YEAR 7 CATCH-UP PREMIUM 2017-18
|Total funding received||£13,021|
|Staffing ('one-to-one' tutors)||£11,757|
YEAR 7 CATCH-UP PREMIUM 2018-19
|Total funding received||£13,000|
|Staffing ('one-to-one' tutors)||£12,050|
STRATEGIES USED 2018-19
We are evaluating our current provision and investing in providing further professional development for both teachers and teaching assistants working with these students. Additional specialist resources have been purchased to support the literacy and numeracy intervention programmes.
We have introduced specific intervention programmes to support students joining the college who are achieving below the expected standard in numeracy. These interventions are designed for one-to-one and small group (1:2 and 1:3) teaching.
More time has been allocated to literacy and numeracy HLTAs (Higher Level Teaching Assistants) to provide one-to-one and small-group tutoring for students requiring support in reading and/or in numeracy.
The Literacy and Numeracy coordinators ensure that relevant standardised assessments are used to monitor students’ progress in reading and in numeracy as well as providing subject expertise to support the teaching assistants delivering and developing the intervention programmes. These assessments provide age-related data to benchmark the progress students make against national standards (‘Progress in Maths’ and reading ages).
Lunchtime clubs are providing opportunities for students receiving support for reading and numeracy to apply their skills in engaging and stimulating ways, for example in a Design Technology go-cart competition.
KEY OBJECTIVES FOR 2018-19
- Monitor and evaluate standardised age-related assessments for reading and numeracy to benchmark students’ progress against national standards.
- Ensure that all Year 7 students achieving below the expected standard in reading and in numeracy when they join the school receive appropriate intervention support to enable them to make more progress. This includes more time for specialist literacy and numeracy teaching assistants to provide one-to-one and small-group tutoring for students requiring support in reading and in numeracy.
- Ensure intervention programmes are in place to provide support for students achieving below the expected standard in numeracy when they join the school.
- Ensure that staff delivering the Year 7 Catch-up intervention support receive appropriate professional development to enhance their knowledge and skills.